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News Update 2 September, 2014

Kia ora

As well as electioneering and dirty politics, there has been some interesting news coverage about the power of art and culture – to enrich, to heal and to celebrate. Auckland Museum played a symbolic role in the Tuhoe Treaty of Waitangi settlement, with the return of the Maungapōhatu flag taking centre stage at the recent ceremony in Taneatua. Christchurch Art Gallery once again gained the spotlight with its activity in the wider community through public art.  In Dunedin, DPAG hosted the launch of a creative strategy for the city, Ara Toi Otepoti: Our Creative Future.

Auckland Museum Director Roy Clare is in the online news with an article for Museum iD exploring the implications of digital engagement and audience expectations. MA also made the news, along with museum colleagues, in a Listener article looking into the issues behind the recent controversy over MTG Hawke’s Bay.

The MA Board has finalised our new Strategic Plan that we work-shopped last month. There are now agreed strategies and actions under the revised mission statement. You can read more on our website.

On the national scene, some things change, and others stay the same. Creative NZ has released the report of its recent review of Visual and Craft/Object art, which confirms some existing arrangements and offers some increased grant limits but no radical change. Heritage New Zealand, formerly NZ Historic Places Trust, has released its new Statement of Intent 2014-2018 and Performance Expectations 2014-2015 with its new look, which looks much like business as usual within tight budget constraints.

Coming events you might want to be part of include Ask a curator day on 17 September, and this is Tongan language week.

And one more opportunity – MA is supporting the National Digital Forum 2014 by offering a registration bursary. Applications are due 30 September, for details see Opportunities below.


Nā Phillipa māua ko Talei


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).

Today’s news includes lots of south island stories of funding for education programmes in South Canterbury, Canterbury Museum’s Antarctic exhibitions, and controversies over trees and artworks in Nelson, as well as news of Te Papa’s next European art blockbuster.

The Museums Aotearoa Board had such a friendly welcome in Nelson that we’re really looking forward to getting the programme together for MA11 next April. Peter and Julie and their staff at Nelson Provincial Museum and The Suter were great hosts – and they arranged glorious sunshine all the time we were there! It was lovely to meet people from some of the other museums in the region, and hear about their activities and plans. We’ll definitely need to stay in the area for an extra couple of days around the conference so we can visit the great museums and galleries in Golden Bay, Murchison, Motueka, Collingwood, Picton and Blenheim as well…

Next up Phillipa is visiting Northland, to join the Northland Museum Association meeting on 24/25 September. Other guests include local and national politicians, so there is sure to be some lively discussion. And I have to admit that I didn’t know there was a mercury mine at Ngawha, which will be very interesting to visit.

While we’re out and about, we’re noticing the campaign billboards springing up along our highways. The local elections may bring significant changes in direction in some places. We’re all watching to see how the mayoral race for the Auckland super-city plays out among 22 contenders. In other areas there are likely to be shifts of power as well. Michael Laws is doing a ‘Putin’ in Wanganui, stepping aside from the mayoralty but hoping to retain a place – and presumably influence – on council. Christchurch may well get a new mayor, with high profilers Bob Parker and Jim Anderton slugging it out with 12 other hopefuls. Voting papers for the postal ballot will be sent out after 17 September, and must be returned by 9 October. Local Government On Line has created a website for profiles of all candidates, just enter your address at and see who you can vote for (although not all candidates have put up info). You can also look on your local council website, select from the list at

And while you’re online, tomorrow is international ‘ask a curator’ day on Twitter. Several NZ museums are participating: City Gallery, Voyager, Waikato Museum, Fresh Gallery Otara, Auckland Museum, Wallace Arts Centre, Christchurch and Auckland Art Galleries – well done for getting involved. So prepare your questions and be part of the action tomorrow! Check the official website for details:

ka kite,

Phillipa and Sophie

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