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News Update 8 December 2011

The news is mixed this week, and mostly positive, although many organisations are looking at a fairly tough local government climate ahead. You can read or download the latest news round-up here in our members’ area.

Last week Sophie and I were immersed in the NDF conference. It was inspiring and intriguing, and Sophie blogged about it yesterday, here. I also went to the second WW1 planning meeting, and a symposium convened by the Archives and Records Association of New Zealand (ARANZ) which focussed on some of the challenges and lessons for the archive community arising from the Canterbury earthquakes. We will be bringing you more information on both of these important topics through further notices, publications and meetings. If you are interested in more details now, please contact us.

We also watched the election results with interest. With National back leading the government, we now await the announcement of cabinet portfolios, with the vital arts, culture and heritage position open to speculation. Chris Finlayson has been a very supportive minister, and his skills may be in demand in other areas this term. There may also be re-allocation of other portfolios relevant to the museum sector, such as tourism and internal affairs. And in the opposition ranks, we farewell opposition arts spokesperson Steve Chadwick, acknowledge her strong support and wish her well.

Domestic tourism up
The latest Tourism data shows domestic tourism has increased over the last year. The Domestic Travel Survey for the year ended September shows Overnight Trips up 4.1%, Day Trips up 14.6% and Expenditure up 10.7% on the previous year. At $9.4 billion, this is an enormous contribution to our economy. The data is good news for the museum sector, although not surprising when you think about the drop in international tourism – presumably NZers are not travelling overseas as much either, and are instead taking holidays within our own country. Full details are available from Tourism Research

MA12 conference, scholarships and awards
Here in Wellington we’re working very actively on planning for the MA12 conference – Collaboration in Practice. Look out for announcents of keynote speakers and programme information in the next week. We will also be opening applications for The Clark Colelction / Creative New Zealand Scholarship, the Mina McKenzie Scholarship, and the 2012 New Zealand Museum Awards. Watch this space…

Ka kite,


News Update

Kia ora

Check out the latest batch of museum news that has been uploaded today, online here (you need to be logged in to the members’ area to view).

It has been raining again in Wellington today, with the hills are hidden in the cloud. As we slowly start to come out of a very wet winter, the mornings are beginning to be lighter and one can begin to imagine summer somewhere sunny – like Nelson. The MA Board will be meeting there tomorrow, combining the meeting with planning for our MA11 conference in April 2011.

The board meets quarterly, and has mostly done so in Wellington. Only 2 of the 7 current board members are Wellington-based, and we rely on the board members and their museums to support the time and travel required for attending meetings. We have scheduled the next three board meetings in other centres to make the most of this opportunity to get out and about and hear from people in the regions. On 17 November we will be in Christchurch, and Rotorua in mid-February.

Tomorrow we have invited people from local museums to join the board for lunch. We’re enjoying working with our hosts at Nelson Provincial Museum and The Suter as the MA11 conference programme comes together. It will have a collections theme, and we want to involve other local museums and their collections in the conference. As well as planning for MA11, we look forward to discussing current local and national issues including accreditation and membership development.

And speaking of discussion – in addition to our recent foray into Twitter, this week MA also set up a page on Facebook. We want to make sure we’re keeping in the loop with what’s going on, and that it is easy for you to communicate with us. We’re also keen on raising the profile of our activities. So if you’re into your social networking, follow uslike us…! Among other things, we’ll use these channels to let you know how conference planning is going, to get direct feedback from you, and we hope this will provide a simple way for you to share your thoughts on topics of interest to the sector.

Several other conferences and meetings are coming up on the spring calendar. Next week is the ARANZ conference in Wellington, at which Phillipa will be chairing a forum on professional membership. Next month Museums Australia’s conference Interesting Times will be in Melbourne, and we know a number of people from museums this side of the Tasman will be attending – we’d love to hear from you when you get back.

The NDF conference, Linking data, linking people, is at Te Papa 18-19 October. This is an excellent chance to get together with others interested in the world of digital culture, from the related perspectives of museums, archives, libraries, universities and service providers. There are great speakers coming here from the Smithsonian and UK Collections Trust, as well as some more familiar faces from NZ and Australia. We hope to see many MA members there (early registration closes 3 September).

And here’s a great initiative for linking data and linking people – museums in the UK embraced user-generated content through ‘Britain Loves Wikipedia’ in February this year, and ongoing projects have evolved since then. In June-July the British Museum hosted Liam Wyatt and other Wikipedians to work with curators to get more of the BM’s collections onto Wikipedia, one of the five most popular sites in the Internet. The results have been fantastic, as you can see at these websites:

Ka kite,

Phillipa and Sophie

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