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News Update 24 February 2012

This week we remembered those who were lost one year ago in the Christchurch earthquake. We particularly mihi to our Canterbury colleagues, for whom it has been a very difficult year. Among all the demolition, closures and (re)openings, we note that Christchurch Art Gallery is likely to be closed for another year and hopes to operate around the corner in CoCA before that, the Air Force Museum has been supporting local museums and is forging ahead with its new development, and Canterbury Museum has reopened and worked hard to develop a Canterbury Quakes exhibition, which opened this week.

‘Heritage’ is much in the news these days. There has been heightened interest in the preservation – and demolition – of heritage buildings since the Canterbury earthquakes. There have also been some interesting archaeological finds, some of which have held up development projects. Museum professionals and NZ Historic Places Trust archaeologists are often called in to assess and advise, and it is good to see these experts being quoted in the media. See these and other recent news stories here (you need to be a member to log in).

MA12, 18-20 April 2012 – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
At last we have wrangled the technology, and registration for the MA12 conference in Wellington is open. Check out our website for the programme, accommodation options, associated activities, or click here to go straight to registration.

NZ Museum Awards – deadline looming
Applications for the New Zealand Museum Awards 2012 are due by 5pm, Thursday 1 March. Entries for either individual or museum categories could be exhibitions, research, public programmes, innovative projects and specific achievements. Full details and entry forms are on the Awards page of our website.

Online fundraising
We have noticed that museums are beginning to get involved in online fundraising efforts. As well as those larger organisations which have their own in-house systems, there are several web-based services for raising money. Small and large amounts of support can be encouraged through the likes of Nelson Provincial Museum’s campaign on fundraiseonline.co.nz and Raglan Museum, Kiwi North and the Air Force Museum are signed up to givealittle.co.nz. We’d be interested to hear how successful these efforts are, and whether there are others being used. Please contact us about this or any other matter of interest.

International vs Domestic tourism
The latest NZ tourism data shows an increase in international visitor arrivals for the year to December 2011, with growth of 3% on December 2010. After a downturn from March to September 2011, arrivals are now the highest ever, topping 2.6 million. Much of the increase was Australia-based New Zealanders returning to visit friends and relatives, and there was also a steady increase in numbers from China. Domestic tourism was increasing at a slightly higher rate in the year to September 2011, with figures for the year to December due out in early March. All this tourism research and data is on the Ministry for Economic Development website here.

Now we’re well into 2012, with all the usual activities and some new projects. The auditor was in our office last week making sure our 2011 accounts are in order. Applications for The Clark Collection / Creative New Zealand Scholarship and Mina McKenzie Scholarship for 2012 have closed and are under consideration. We’re in the process of mailing out the 2012 Directory. We’re about to start this year’s Visitor Research Survey, and launch into a bigger, more comprehensive sector statistics project, which will pick up from where the earlier ‘barometer’ surveys ended.

We look forward to hearing from you, seeing you at MA12 and other events, and working with you and on your behalf in 2012.

Nga mihi,
Phillipa and Sophie

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Canterbury Earthquake Museum Update

Updated 31/3

Offers of help – We have had many offers of help from around the country.  Please email us and we’ll keep a register of offers for when those on the ground are ready for your support.

The latest from Christchurch is very grim, however, we have not heard of anyone being hurt in museums or galleries there. We have received a number of messages of support, and these are in the ‘Messages for Canterbury’ Discussion Board on our Facebook page here. Please add your own messages, either on our facebook page, or in the comments below, and hopefully our colleagues in Christchurch will be able to access these when their power and communications are restored.

We understand that most of the damage this time is confined to the city and Lyttelton areas. Here is what we have heard about Christchurch institutions so far.

Air Force Museum
Updated 24/2 Message from Director Thérèse Angelo:

Firstly, and most importantly all of the Museum staff and their families are safe and uninjured. As far as we have been able to ascertain, our volunteers are also OK. Some staff have damage to their homes but many live on the west side of Christchurch or in rural locations and have no damage to report at all.

The Museum itself is in good shape with only minor damage such as ceiling tiles down and fluorescent lights falling. A structural survey yesterday has given the buildings the green light to re-open when we wish. I understand we still have all services to the site but this may change over the next couple of days.

However, given the significant damage to local infrastructure, water, sewer and roading problems, along with petrol shortages, the Museum will remain closed until Monday at least. This also gives staff time to try and start processing the enormity of what has happened to Christchurch. Some staff have also headed out of town for a few days to settle jangled nerves.

Akaroa Museum
Is unaffected this time, all are OK.

Arts Centre of Christchurch
No direct word, but news and internet photos show significant damage.

Canterbury Museum
Staff are all OK. The sprinklers were activated and lots of loose things moved around in the staff areas. The situation in the public and storage areas is unknown but presumed to be ‘a mess’ and some bits have fallen off the building. With the whole central city cordoned off, they do not expect to get back in until after the weekend. The museum server is completely out of action so no staff will be able to access their work e-mails, even from outside the museum.
Updated 25/2: Director Anthony Wright will be releasing a media statement shortly, check their site. Anthony has confirmed that all staff are OK, but some have had their homes completely destroyed. He was able to enter the museum today with structural engineers, who inspected all spaces from the basement to the roof in both the main museum building and the Robert McDougall building. Both have been declared structurally sound, which is great news. Otherwise, there is loose masonry on the building, and the exhibits look to be 95% ok upon initial inspection (although by torchlight). It is not known about collection damage in the collection areas, however the water damage from activated sprinklers is reportedly only in a small area. It will be several weeks before staff can be admitted back into the building.

Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA)
Updated 25/2:
The building is still standing, but everything has come off the walls. They will be postponing the Anthony Harper Award dates, as well as their planned recruitment for a new position.

Christchurch Art Gallery
Updated 24/2: Gallery staff are all accounted for and safe, apparently no structural damage – ‘we’re in good shape considering all that has happened’. CAG is once again starring on TV news as the Civil Defence HQ, and will be closed until further notice while they support Civil Defence. They have sustained a small amount of damage to the collection. 10-15 works are affected & they are assessing condition & repair options.
Updated: 25/2: Experiences of CAG Senior Curator Justin Paton reported in the guardian here.

Lyttelton Museum
Has been closed since the September earthquake, and apparently suffered additional damage on Boxing Day. We have no information as yet, but fear it is now even worse.

Okains Bay Museum
Is unaffected this time, all are OK.

Our City O-Tautahi
Updated 31/3:
This was in the Municipal Chambers building which suffered damage last September and was still closed to the public. It is within the restricted ‘red zone’ and the current situation is not yet known.

Sound Archives
We’ve had unconfirmed reports that the archive has flooded. Will update when we learn more.

The Physics Room
All staff are safe, don’t expect to get back to their building to assess it for some while.

Timeball Station (NZHPT)
Is severely damaged, but thankfully both staff members there at the time of the quake got out safely. No news yet about the collection items which have been stored offsite since the September earthquake.

We have also heard that Lincoln Entomology Museum, Landcare Herbarium, Ashburton area museums, as well as South Canterbury Museum are ok.

We know that this information is only about the public face of these museums, and many staff will have huge challenges ahead with their own homes and families. Our thoughts and best wishes go to all our colleagues.

Kia kaha,

Phillipa and Sophie


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