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News Update 14 December 2012

Kia ora ,

As we hurtle towards the end of 2012 there is lots of museum news from around the country. The re-opening of Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, new exhibitions and summer activities around the country such as Te Papa’s gingerbread house. There are some controversies as well, with varying opinions on fundraising for the redevelopment of the Sarjeant Gallery, and a mystery surrounding Waikato Museum’s fake Lindauer.

The re-opening of Toitū Otago Settlers Museum was a series of celebrations, with guests from around the country as well as Dunedin and Otago. The museum has retained some old favourites such as the settlers portraits and Pixietown, hugely improved and expanded the display of key textile, social history and transport collections, and added new dimensions of interactive objects and information.


Toitū Otago Settlers Museum Opening

Director Linda Wigley spoke about their aim to move beyond the ‘book on the wall’ approach, and the enormous team effort which made it all possible. It was particularly encouraging to hear the Mayor, Dave Cull, speaking so positively and supportively at the civic opening, reflecting the strong working relationship between the Dunedin City Council and Toitū. The staff sang their waiata with feeling, and there were some emotional moments as key people were thanked, including project development manager Bronwyn Simes. Our congratulations to all concerned.

Toitū has had excellent coverage in the media, including this radio interview with Director Linda Wigley on The Arts on Sunday the week before the opening:

Congratulations also to Te Tuhi on being voted best Public Art Gallery in Metro’s Best of Auckland 2012 awards. The magazine is not online, but you can see what makes them so good on the Te Tuhi website.

In Wellington, policy and politics continue. Earlier this year MCH organised a series of workshops to explore the possibility of legislation for Immunity from Seizure, and we noted at the time that there was a move towards this in Australia. The legislation for Immunity from Seizure was introduced in Canberra recently, as the Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Bill. We will keep you informed as this progresses on both sides of the Tasman.

The Charities Commission has been working on engagement between business and community organisations, and jointly commissioned some research with Creative New Zealand earlier this year. Their report is now published, and has some great insights and vision for how charities can design and achieve beneficial business/community partnerships.

Phillipa recently attended the INTERCOM conference #museumchallenges (see conference tweets) in Sydney. INTERCOM is the ICOM international committee on museum management, and the conference was attended by around 70 delegates from 20+ countries. There were really interesting presentations and useful conversations with people from museums – and museum associations and government agencies – which reflected many common challenges throughout the world of museums. Several people from New Zealand were there, including Tarisi Vunidilo, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Museum Association and Greg McManus, current Chair of the INTERCOM committee.


Phillipa Tocker and Tarisi Vunidilo

As part of the conference, the annual Stephen Weil Memorial Lecture was given by Frank Howarth, Director of the Australian Museum in Sydney. His title was ‘Do Indians Belong with Dinosaurs?’, in which he explored indigenous cultural engagement: the relationship of the institution with indigenous communities, and how the perspective of the ‘other’ is part of the story itself. We look forward to this lecture being published, and to the continuing debate.

This afternoon we are awaiting delivery of the 2013 Directory from the printer, which will be sent out next week. We also expect to open registration for the MA13 conference next week. We will be here until Friday 17 December, then closing the office until 14 January 2013.

And for your Friday afternoon enjoyment, check out the Museum of Coffee Machines in Milan – yes, it really does exist, set up by Gruppo Cimbali to celebrate over 100 years of business.

Ngā mihi,
Phillipa & Talei


News Update, 2 October 2012

Kia ora,

The latest news covers exhibitions, Te Papa’s purchases from the Les and Milly Paris art collection auction, lots of school holiday activities coming up, the Governor-General’s visit to the Eastern Southland Gallery, the go-ahead for New Plymouth’s Len Lye Centre, funding through Creative New Zealand for an theatre on Auckland’s waterfront, and more staff moves. The release of a new edition of the Lonely Planet NZ has 4 museums in its top 12 recommendations: Auckland Art Gallery, Wallace Arts Centre, NZ Rugby Museum and Rotorua Museum’s new Don Stafford Wing. There is also coverage of the passing of artist Don Binney.

Tonight this year’s Macquarie Private Wealth New Zealand Arts Awards will be presented in Auckland. Nine artists will be announced as recipients of awards totalling $405,000. You can find out about them and their public open day in Auckland tomorrow on the Arts Foundation website.

I was delighted to be hosted by the Northland Museums Association at the new Mangawhai Museum last week. Over 25 museum people from Wellsford to Kaitaia gathered to share their latest news and to explore the almost-finished Mangawhai Museum building.  We had a sobering session in which Betty Nelley shared the Kauri Museum’s recent fire experience, and Fire Safety Officer Mike McEnaney explained how to reduce fire risk.  He had an excellent booklet which outlines what small museums can do to prevent, prepare, respond and recover from fire.  And the single most effective measure is? – sprinklers.  We will be mailing copies of the booklet to all small museums later in the year.  if you’d like more information in the mean time, ask your local Fire Brigade.  Better still, invite them round for a cuppa and talk about how you can reduce the risk of fire.

Fire Safety Officer Mike McEnaney, with Betty Nelly and John Bull

It was great to hear all the recent exhibition, developments and future plans of museums in the north. I updated the group on progress on establishing an accreditation scheme for museums in New Zealand, and we had a good discussion about ethics and standards.  The NMA group has proved that getting together with neighbouring museums is a great way to learn as well as to share inspiration and re-energise, particularly for smaller museums and volunteers who may otherwise be working somewhat in isolation.  We had a very enjoyable day topped off with a friendly meal and entertaining presentation from retired NZ Maritime Museum CE Larry Robbins sharing his experience of rescuing yachties as Commander of the HMNZS Monowai in 1994.

Museum Sector Survey out this month
We have been working with a researcher and a small reference group to develop a new museum sector survey, which will be going out in the next week to all museum and gallery organisations. It is really important that every museum fills in the survey. Top-line data will be published as well as comprehensive analysis in a full report.  We will be using this information in our national advocacy work, working with the Ministry for Culture & Heritage and for academic research, and  you will be able to use it to inform your own planning and reporting. If your organisation does not get an invitation by email, or you have any queries, please contact the MA office.

MA13: Hamilton, 10-12 April 2013
We’ve had another meeting in Hamilton and the enthusiastic folk there are gearing up to offer colleagues a great conference around the theme of leadership.  We’ve invited some exciting speakers, and are holding our breath to await their response.  Make sure you plan to be in Hamilton from the afternoon of Wednesday 10 April until the end of the day on Friday 12 April…

Jane Ferrier with the Twins

While up that way I called in at the Waikato Coalfields Museum where Jane Ferrier showed me around their extensive collection and intriguing Topp Twins exhibits.

Last month MCH consulted on a discussion paper exploring the introduction of Immunity From Seizure (IFS) legislation for New Zealand. The MA Board has talked to MCH policy people, and attended workshops with others from museums, galleries and wider cultural sector. In general, such legislation seems like a good idea, although there are several areas of detail which will require more thought before any legislation can be drafted. We made a submission on the IFS discussion paper to this effect by the due date of 24 September. If you are interested in this issue and have not been part of the discussion so far, there will be more opportunities coming up. MA will continue to work with MCH as they work through the submissions and next steps, to ensure that all museum/gallery perspectives are considered, and to keep you informed of progress.

Congratulations to the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery for their wins at the Museums Australia Publication and Design Awards last week. CAGTPOW received awards for best magazine or newsletter (Bulletin) and website (My Gallery), as well as a commendation in the exhibition catalogue category and the judges special award – the ‘Be Inspired category – for De-Building. DPAG was highly commended in the Poster and Invitation categories and won for LOG in the Calendar of Events and Information Brochure category.  Entries for 2013 will open on 1 February.

And if you’re looking for some stimulating listening and weren’t at the lecture by Professor Dame Anne Salmond in conjunction with Puke Ariki’s Shadowing Venus exhibition last month, you can hear her earlier interview with Kim Hill on the RadioNZ website.

Ngā mihi, Phillipa & Talei

News Update, 4 September 2012

Kia ora,

I had a lovely visit to the Dannevirke Gallery of History yesterday as I drove home from a long weekend away. I really enjoyed seeing and hearing about the intriguing treasures they have, and plans for telling more of the stories of the area, its history and its colourful characters.

News this week includes the Kauri Museum receiving a top Australian tourism award – the Grand Pacific favourite attraction for its Ultimate New Zealand tour. Coach tours are a major contributor to the Kauri Museum’s visitation, and its great to see they’re delivery the highest quality experience to those visitors.

From left to right: Stacia Morris – General Manager Grand Pacific Tours; Betty Nelley – CEO The Kauri Museum, Peter Harding – CEO Grand Pacific Tours

MOTAT is also in the running for more awards.  This year the Westpac Auckland Central Business Awards have drawn a record 111 entries, with 28 finalists announced last week. Entering for the first time, MOTAT has reached the final of both categories they entered: Excellence in Marketing Award (1 of 4 finalists) and Excellence in Service Delivery Award 1of 5 finalists).

Also in the news is Auckland Art Gallery’s pilot internship programme for high school media students, and the response has been very encouraging.

Prime Minister John Key gave a speech at Auckland Museum in praise of scientific innovation working with business to build economic success. The event was the launch of Sir Peter Gluckman’s report on the Royal Society’s Transit of Venus Forum held in Gisborne in June.

You can hear more about the issues around immunity from seizure, a topic on which MCH is currently seeking your views. The Arts on Sunday programme ran an interview last week with Dr Claudia Orange of Te Papa on this issue, and you can listen to it on the Radio NZ website.

Nga mihi,
Phillipa & Talei

PS – the Olympics may be over for 2012, but did you know that 100 years ago they included the arts, with medals awarded for painting, sculpture, architecture, music and literature from 1912 to 1948?

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