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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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News Update

It seems that museums just can’t stay out of the news! While some of it is not so flattering, there is plenty of robust debate and some very positive media coverage over the last fortnight, online here (you need to be logged in to the members’ area to view).

The debate over a ‘national art gallery’ has been reopened with comments from new Chair of the Te Papa Board, Sir Wira Gardiner, supported by fellow Board member and long-time advocate for a separate art gallery, Chris Parkin. Journalists have had a field day sourcing comments on all sides of the debate from Hamish Keith, Luit Beiringa, Jenny Gibbs, Jenny Harper, Cam McCracken, Roger Blackley, Denis Adam, Rosemary McLeod, Mike Houlihan, Chris Finlayson, and even John Key. While most agree that the way the national art collection is displayed in Te Papa is not ideal, there is a wide range of opinions on the best way to address this. It is good to see informed discussion about matters which affect us all.

Other good news is the rise in discussion – and action – on philanthropy. Creative NZ has released a report on strengthening private sector support for the arts, The art of the possible, downloadable from their website here, and we expect the Minister’s Cultural Philanthropy Taskforce to report back early in the new year. The value of the removal of the cap on tax rebates for donations to charities was reinforced by last week’s announcement of a $500,000 donation to the Arts Foundation by retiring trustee Sir Eion Edgar.

We explored some of these initiatives in ‘Policy Matters!’ in the Museums Aotearoa Quarterly posted to members last week. Other articles report on conferences, Museums Aotearoa activities, profile museums and services, and a ‘favourite thing’ from Wellington City Archives. You can download the Museums Aotearoa Quarterly from the members’ area of our website.

International news shows that others are dealing with similar challenges. In Australia there has been an important legal decision overturning the Australian Tax Office contention that groups lobbying against government policy were not eligible for charity status – providing their campaigning is intended for public benefit, see here

In the UK the government funding cuts and their fallout continue. There has been further uproar over proposed deaccessioning to bail out struggling regional museums and galleries. The suggestion by TV art critic Brian Sewell that galleries should sell collection items was hotly denounced by the UK Museums Association. As the MA’s Maurice Davies said, “It is a bit like selling your house to pay for the hire purchase on your sofa.”

There is also much debate over how the Arts Council England will take on the functions of the Museums Libraries Archives Council (MLA) and its flagship Renaissance programme when the MLA is disbanded. The UK Museums Association has up to date news, and a cuts monitor here and there is an active twitter hashtag (#museumcuts) with people contributing feedback. If you’re on twitter, remember to follow us @museumsaotearoa

Many NZ museums and galleries will have been among the 483 applications for the NZ2011 Festival Lottery Fund seeking a total of over $76.8 million for 570 proposed events/activities, when the fund had only $9.48 available for distribution. Museums Aotearoa was advised last week that we are one of the 318 unsuccessful applications – hopefully some other museum projects will be among the lucky 165 applications supported.

Our next installment of News & Notices in a fortnight’s time will be the last for 2010. December is rushing past, and before the summer break we hope to open online registration for MA11, and have the 2011 edition of the Directory of New Zealand Museums & Galleries at the printer, if not back again. We are also finalising slight revisions to the Awards programme for next year and will be advising you about how to enter.

So we wish you good cheer as we roll on through a busy few weeks.

Ka kite,

Phillipa and Sophie


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