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News Update 26 March 2013

Kia ora,

Recent events in Wellington include the return of the found and restored Jim Allen’s Christ figure to Futuna Chapel in Karori. This is a tale of museum intrigue and successful salvage by some very dedicated supporters of Futuna, and the day was suitably moving as well as celebratory.  The restoration was carried out by Carolina Izzo, and Greer Twiss made new nails and crown of thorns to replace those that were lost. Carolina is also involved in a new initiative to share conservation experience and expertise between New Zealand and Italy.  The first offering of the Sybillam Project is a study tour to Italy in October/November 2013 in conjunction with Victoria University’s Professional and Executive Development programme.

Nationally, the Arts Foundation launched Boosted, a new arts-focussed crowd-funding website which is specially tailored for New Zealand and aligns with tax exemptions for charitable donations. Initial projects include the Christchurch Art Gallery who want to Populate Christchurch with Art.

Waiheke Island has always been at the forefront of environmentalism and do-it-yourself activism. The Waiheke Community Art Gallery has been making a splash with its BYO BAG project. US artist Dianna Cohen has worked with plastic as an art material for years, and is now combining that work with a campaign to raise awareness and encourage action to address the global problem of plastic pollution. They have a Facebook page as well as an exhibition and lots of events and activities.

Dianne was interviewed by Lynn Freeman on Radio NZ’s Nine to Noon. See also the Plastic Garbage Project.

The AAM’s Future of Museums latest Trendswatch 2013 is now out. You can download it here but be warned – it is some 20MB which took me 10 minutes to download on inner-city broadband. We’ve saved a smaller version which we can email to you if you contact the office.

The National Digital Forum (NDF) has started 2013 with renewed activity. They have launched a monthly e-newsletter, and you can subscribe at: http://www.ndf.org.nz/join-the-ndf-mailing/ Membership of NDF is free for any organisation that is interested in being part of the ‘digital GLAMS’, and is a great way to keep up and share in this collegial networking forum – and the annual conference in November is always a buzz.

April 1st is not only a day for pranks, but also the day when several tax-related law changes come into effect (we won’t comment on the correlation). The main changes are:

  • students loan repayments rate rises from 10c to 12c in the dollar
  • Kiwisaver minimum contributions for both earners and employers rise from 2% to 3%
  • the minimum wage rises to $13.75 per hour, or $11 for youth or those in training
  • ACC work levy rates rise in some categories, including ‘museum operation’ from $0.30 to $0.32

Find out more at these websites: Student loans and Kiwisaver: www.ird.govt.nz/changes or http://payrollchanges.ird.govt.nz ACC levies: www.acc.co.nz/about-acc/levies/WPC116961

Reminders: as we count down to MA13, the NZ Museum Awards and the MA AGM in Hamilton next month, please note that

  • Museum members have been sent information on voting for Board vacancies, this needs to be done online by 10 April or in person at the AGM
  • There are interest group workshops and a free public lecture (followed by a welcome function) on Wednesday 10 April
  • The main conference days are 11 and 12 April, including 2 keynote speakers and the 2013 Museum Awards dinner
  • You can still register for MA13 – check the website or contact the office.

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you in Hamilton,

Nga mihi, Phillipa, Talei and the MA13 team

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News Update 2 May 2012

It has been a busy few weeks in the MA office.  Last Friday we farewelled Sophie de Lautour Kelly, who has been our Museum Membership Manager for the past two years.  On Monday Sophie flew out of Wellington on the first stage of her international adventures – first stop Australia, and then the world!

Yesterday we welcomed Talei Langley to MA.  Talei comes to us from a varied background in marketing, communications and general office support.  More recently, Talei has completed Honours in Art History and is planning a Masters thesis. There is still lots of catching up for us to do after the conference, and we’ll be working on a backlog of admin matters as well as planning activities for the remainder of 2012.  When Talei applied to MA, she said she works well under pressure and loves a job with plenty of variety – she’s sure to get all that as our Museum Membership Manager. 

MA12 papers and feedback
We’re gathering up presentations and videos from MA12 conference and getting them formatted to put up on our website.  There will also be some write-ups in the next MAQ later this month.  In the mean time, you can listen to our Canadian keynote speaker, Jim Marchbank as interviewed by Kim Hill on Radio NZ.  We would also love to hear your feedback on MA12 and any suggestions you have as we begin planning MA13 in Rotorua.  We have set up a feedback survey here.  If you didn’t attend, we’d be interested to hear your perspective too, and any suggestions for making it the annual conference easier to get to.

More events coming up 
There are lots more great opportunities on the horizon for getting together and professional development.  This week was the second in the Te Papa / Victoria University museum studies seminar series,  Conal McCarthy kicked this off last month by exploring the meaning and context of ‘theory’ and ‘practice’ in museum and university research.  He highlighted the positive and negative characteristics of each, and held out a challenge for research to be more collaborative across the museum sector.  Yesterday Claudia Orange and her team picked up the museum side of the challenge in a multi-player presentation titled Curating for the future: how museum research develops scholarship in the arts, sciences and humanities to shape research opportunities for researchers and museum audiences. This evoked an interesting discussion about who and what museum research is ‘for’.  Look out for the next in this series on Monday 21 May, when David Luoni will share his Masters research into leadership in museums.

Putting collaborative theory into practice, VUW is offering a one-day ‘Wananga Taonga’ to introduce professionals to Maori perspectives on museums and heritage.  This course is in Wellington on 1 June.

And a reminder of two Medallic Management Workshops this month in the South Island: Otago Settlers Museum on Tuesday 15 May and Air Force Museum on Wednesday 16 May.  There are some other useful National Services Te Paerangi workshops in June. See listings below for details. 

International Museum Day 
IMD is on 18 May, with a theme of museums in a changing world.  Falling on a Friday this year, IMD is a great opportunity to add something different to museum and gallery programming.  It could be as simple as letting visitors know that there is an international museum community.  Or you could offer back-of-house or late tours, relate the theme to your exhibits in some way, ask visitors for their views on our changing world, or link up with a distant museum.  The possibilities are only limited by your imagination…  MA will be putting out a media release around 14 May – please let us know how your museum is planning to mark IMD.

If we’ve missed any vital information, or you have other ideas and suggestions for MA, we’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Nga mihi,
Phillipa and Talei

News update 24 April 2012

Phew! It’s been a very busy fortnight for MA staff and helpers as we made all the preparations and then immersed ourselves in last week’s MA12 conference, Collaboration in Practice. And it truly was a collaborative few days. We were joined by international speakers, and guests from outside the museum and gallery world, to explore and reflect on the ins and outs of the collaborative process – in cultural terms, for financial goals, and through programming.

A huge thank you to all who attended, supported, presented and participated in the MA12 conference. We will be adding conference material to our website and producing a bumper conference/awards issue of MAQuarterly in May.

2012 Museum Awards
Congratulations to the award winners announced at the celebration dinner at City Gallery Wellington last week. And congratulations too to all the finalists and others who entered and were not placed this time. The record number and high quality of entries shows that the NZ Museum Awards are giving recognition to the best of the best of museum and gallery achievements. Established five years ago, we have had sponsorship from Story Inc for the last three years which has enabled the programme to grow. We look forward to continuing to develop the Awards programme and promote excellence in all aspects of our profession.

AGM 2012
The Annual Accounts and Annual Report for 2011 were presented at the AGM, and can be downloaded from the members’ area of the website here. A hard copy will be posted to members in May.  The next Board meeting will be in Wellington on 22 May.

Ministry for Culture & Heritage
MCH has announced publicly the establishment of a government Heritage Forum. This will bring together heritage interests across various government agencies, and is a good step towards better engagement and communication with the wider sector. MCH has also advertised two new senior heritage positions which will be part of this new approach to sector engagement. Click through to read about the Hertitage Forum and visit the MA vacancies page.

Later this week Sophie de Lautour Kelly, who has been managing membership services for MA for the past two years, heads off to explore the world beyond Aotearoa New Zealand. We thank Sophie for her dedication and inspiration, and especially keeping MA current and active. One of her goals was to set up and develop a presence for MA in the world of social media. We are on Twitter and our Facebook community has just reached a milestone of 400 friends. This will be a great way to keep in touch with Sophie on her travels!

Nga mihi,
Phillipa

News Update 4 April 2012

Following media coverage of their staff structure late last year, Canterbury Museum has been working on re-defining staff roles, which has included some redundancies and several new positions which were advertised by MA earlier this year. Three key appointments have recently been announced. Lesley Colsell, previously General Manager Museum Programmes and former Chair of MA, is now Canterbury’s first Museum Best Practice Manager. Sarah Gordon will begin as Communications Manager after Easter, and Carmen Marsh will take up a fixed term position as Projects Office Manager later in April.

There are many exciting opportunities coming up for professional development, promoting your museum or gallery, and being involved in wider networks. These include our own MA12 conference as well as lectures and workshops with visiting speakers and other experts on subjects such as medallic management, arts access, exhibition lighting and audience engagement. Detailed listings and links follow below.

MA12 conference – REGISTRATION CLOSES 10 APRIL
We’re looking forward to seeing many of you in Wellington for MA12 and the Awards during the week 17-20 April. You can still register up until 10 April. For those who aren’t able to come to MA12, there will be reports on our website and a bumper conference/awards issue of MAQuarterly in early May.

Inaugural TelstraClear Museums Aotearoa Lecture – Tuesday 17 April
The first of this new annual lecture series will be presented with support from TelstraClear. Jock Philips is well known to many through his work with Te Papa, Te Ara and most recently for his ‘Insider’ blogs during the RWC 2011 ‘Real NZ’ festival. The lecture is at 6pm on Tuesday 17 April at Te Papa. This public event is free to attend, please RSVP to secure your seat, contact Museums Aotearoa by email or telephone (04) 499 1313.

AGM – Thursday 19 April
Reminder – the 2012 Annual General Meeting of Museums Aotearoa will be held at Te Papa, at 12 noon on Thursday 19 April. There will be a Board vacancy for one Individual member: Jenny Harper will complete her first term on the Board, and is standing for re-election. The notice of meeting, draft agenda and voting information are in the members area of our website here, and hard copies have been posted to Individual members. If you wish to appoint a proxy for voting at the AGM, please download and print the proxy form, or contact the MA office.

2012 Museum Awards
Congratulations to all finalists in the 2012 New Zealand Museum Awards. The judges had a hard time deciding the most deserving among all the outstanding achievements in the record number of entries received this year. Finalists will be celebrated and winners announced at a gala dinner at City Gallery Wellington on 19 April, now fully booked. See the finalists media release here and watch this space for the winners. The New Zealand Museum Awards programme is generously supported by Story Inc.

New membership benefits
MA membership invoices for 2012 fees have been sent out to all Museums, Individuals and Associates – thank you to those who have already responded. As we develop our services, the MA Board has been working on making membership benefits more accessible. A major change this year is that, as part of the entitlement of Museum membership, all staff will be able to receive direct communication and information by email from MA. Staff or volunteers at member museums who choose to take up the discounted $50 Individual membership will receive additional benefits: a personal MA membership card giving free entry and discounts at member museums, and hard copies of MA publications. These benefits are available to all current Individual and Associate members. For full details of membership entitlements, please visit the membership pages of our website.

We wish you a very happy Easter season. Now, back to all the last-minute conference details…

Nga mihi,
Phillipa and Sophie



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