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News Update 22 March 2012

Kia ora koutou,

In the office we are very busy with preparation for MA12, guest speaker tours, Awards, AGM, and the new MA Lecture. We’re also working on the National Visitor Survey, and are very pleased that more museums are taking part this year.  As the number and range of participants grows, this will become an increasingly useful resource for all.  In addition, we are developing a more comprehensive sector statistics project to provide better data about the overall size and shape of the museum and gallery sector.

We’re also busy recruiting staff.  While we know we can’t ‘replace’ Sophie, we will be appointing a new Membership Services Manager when she leaves to explore the world.  Sophie will be with us until the end of April, looking after membership and helping Rebecca and the team with MA12.

Make sure you register this week for ‘Collaboration in Practice’ in Wellington, 18-20 April.  An invitation to the Directors and Governors’ Dinner at Parliament, hosted by Hon Chris Finlayson, has been sent to all directors – as we don’t have contact details for many board/trust members, please contact us if you would like any of your ‘governors’ to be invited. There are many other social and professional sessions, behind the scenes tours, and associated events. See our website for details or go straight to registration.

Inaugural Museums Aotearoa Lecture – Tuesday 17 April – Jock Phillips
We are very excited to be launching a new annual Museums Aotearoa Lecture series. The first lecture will be at Te Papa on the evening of Tuesday 17 April, so plan to come to Wellington the day before MA12. The inaugural speaker will be Jock Phillips, 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.  This public event is free to attend.

AGM – Thursday 19 April
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, with hard copies being posted to Individual members this week.

ATTTO – Museum Training Council
The Training Council is convened by ATTTO, our Industry Training Organisation, to provide advice and input into their support of workplace training. At its meeting last week, the Council looked at priorites for the coming year, and how they relate to other sector activities and initiatives.  We were very pleased with the work ATTTO has done over the past year in developing resources to support the Museum Practice Certificate, and a new induction package, Welcome to Museums.  By bringing relevant information together, these resources will make achieving the standards quicker and more achievable. To find out more about the qualifications and resources, contact ATTTO by email or tel 04 499 6570.  If you are an experienced museum professional, you may be interested in becoming an assessor for others working on the museum standards.

Next week we’ll be announcing the finalists in the 2012 New Zealand Museum Awards.  The winners will be anounced at a celebration dinner at City Gallery Wellington on 19 April.  We’re looking forward to seeing many of you in Wellington for MA12 and the Awards – don’t forget to register this week to get the earlybird rate.  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.

Nga mihi,
Phillipa and Sophie


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 and Raglan Museum, Kiwi North and the Air Force Museum are signed up to 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

News Update 24 Jan 2012

Nga mihi o te Ao Hou!

As we get back to work after the summer break, the weather settles, and we think wistfully of the beach – which was too wet and windy to be attractive when we had the time!  Looking back over January, we were relieved to hear that recently-installed sprinklers prevented a fire at the Kauri Museum from causing serious damage over the summer. You can read about that in the latest Museum News which is rounded up in the members’ area of our website here (you need to be logged in to view).

2012 is shaping up to be an invigorating and inspiring year, with lots to look forward to, as well as some big challenges. Local councils are examining their expenditure and targeting ‘nice-to-have’ budget lines including museums and galleries as they struggle to balance the books for ratepayers. And the budget squeeze is continuing in central government. This means we need to re-energise our advocacy work on a national level to help empower the sector and support the fantastic work done by individual organisations. Museums Aotearoa is about to start two vital pieces of work: the National Visitor Survey coming up next month, and a new more comprehensive Museum Sector Statistics project. This statistics work will gather essential information so we can all back up our advocacy with hard facts, both nationally and locally.

Other immediate priorities for MA are tidying up after 2011 and getting ready for our financial audit and 2012 membership administration. We also have the February 2012 issue of MAQuarterly in preparation – items, notices and advertising are welcome by 8 February.

The MA Board will meet in Wellington on the afternoon of Friday 24 February, and we are also hosting a Disaster Recovery workshop session for senior managers that morning, with presentations from Christchurch museum directors. Separate invitations are being sent about this session and numbers are very limited – if you are keen to come and have not received the notice, please contact us.

MA12, 18-20 April 2012: Keynote speakers
The other major project currently occupying our time is MA12. We’re having some issues with technology, and registrations will open as soon as we can get it set up and working. A reminder about our exciting international keynote speakers:

  • Umberto Crenca, founder and artistic director of AS220, a nonprofit centre for the arts in Providence, Rhode Island (see
  • Jim Marchbank, former CEO of Science North, Sudbury, North Ontario, (see

Both visitors will be spending some extra time in New Zealand and we are working on itineraries to get them out and about as much as possible. If you are particularly keen to host or meet with either Jim or Bert, please contact us.

The annual New Zealand Museum Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday 19 April at the City Gallery, with some fine dining and a fantastic local band lined up for entertainment. Applications for the awards close on 1 March, with full details on our Awards web page.

There will be plenty of other social events and opportunities to catch up with colleagues, as well as visits to a range of institutions and organisations in the Wellington region. There are several all day events happening on Tuesday 17 April followed by a public lecture in the evening, Wednesday welcome function and group dinners, Awards and behind the scenes bus and walking tours. Other special group meetings will also be held during the conference. We look forward to catching up with members and colleagues in Wellington in April.

Opportunities – deadlines extended and looming
A reminder about some current opportunities:

  • The Clark Collection / Creative New Zealand Scholarship – application deadline extended, now due 5pm, Monday 30 January
  • Mina McKenzie Scholarship – applications due 5pm, Monday 13 February
  • New Zealand Museum Awards 2012 – applications due 5pm, Thursday 1 March

Further detials about all these are listed below and application information is on our website.

Post-holiday research and reading
We have found some items of interest to distract you from your day-to-day work and hopefully interest and inspire you as part of the wider museum community.

  • Videos of NDF 2011 conference presentations are now online here. They are listed in order of appearance without titles, so you may want to refer to the conference programme on the NDF website
  • The USA’s Wallace Foundation undertakes research into all sorts of aspects of the GLAMS sector. A recently released series of case studies looks at audience development, including how the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum boosted participation by young adults, here
  • Closer to home, Radio NZ’s ‘Summer Nights’ programme made 18 virtual museum visits over December/January, interviewing people from a wide range of museums including Hokonui, Waipu, Lyttelton, Chatham Is, Rotorua, Police, Albertland, Okain’s Bay and Owaka. The podcasts can be heard or downloaded from the Summer Nights summary page, use search word museum.

Directors change direction
You may have heard the news that a number of museum directors around the country are moving on. Kate Vusoniwailala has left Waikato Museum after nearly a decade to return home to the warmer climes of Fiji. Long-serving Director of the City Gallery Wellington, Paula Savage, is moving to Auckland, Te Manawa Director Steven Fox is returning to Canberra, and later in the year Colonel Raymond Seymour will be retiring from the National Army Museum, Waiouru. These are some great roles for the next generation of museum leaders, and we look forward to seeing them take on the challenge.

So get those applications in, gather your information, and make your travel plans – lets make 2012 a great year for all our museums and galleries!

Nga mihi,
Phillipa and Sophie

Upcoming Opportunities

Kia ora koutou & Happy New Year!

Museums Aotearoa has a number of upcoming scholarship and award opportunites, please pass on this information to any interested parties, and feel free to contact our office on 499 1313 or if you have any questions.

Clark Collection / Creative New Zealand Scholarship & Attingham Summer School 2012
Applications are now invited for a decorative arts and built heritage scholarship for New Zealand arts and heritage professionals in 2012. Please refer to our website for full details, and to download an application form.

Closing date is Thursday 26 January 2012

Mina McKenzie Scholarship 2012
Applications are now invited for this scholarship. This fund is in memory of the long standing and significant contribution of the late Mina McKenzie to the museum profession, particularly in enouraging Kaitiaki Maori and empowering young museum people in their work. The fund is to be used to provide assistance to enable museum workers to undertake education, training or development that will directly benefit their museum career. Please refer to our website for full details, and to download an application form.

Closing date is Monday 13 February 2012

2012 New Zealand Museum Awards
It’s that time again! Applications are now open for the New Zealand Museum Awards. These awards are for an individual or organisation for an outstanding project that contributes to best practice in the museum sector in Aotearoa New Zealand, and demonstrates excellence, relevance and vision.

Awards may be made for small museum project, use of technology, innovation and exhibition design. Please refer to our website for full details, and to download application forms.

Closing date is Thursday 1 March 2012.

You can also check out past award winners, and scholarship recipients on our website here.

News & MA12 Update 23 December 2011

This is our final update for the year, hopefully you are all getting into holiday mode now, enjoying a well deserved summer break.

For your summer reading, we have uploaded the latest batch of Museum News here, which covers lots of interesting stories from 5-22 December. Download here.

Just now we are hearing about yet another series of large quakes in Christchurch today. Our thoughts are with our friends and colleagues in Christchurch who have had an incredibly challenging year. We are sincerely hoping that papatuanuku will be calming down over the Christmas break, with aftershocks settling down. Kia kaha.

We have enjoyed working with you all in 2011, it has certainly been a very full year. We are looking forward to coming back in the new year and hopefully seeing many of you at our conference in Wellington, in April. More details below:

MA12, 18-20 April 2012: Save the date!

Registrations for the MA12 Conference will open in January. The conference is titled Collaboration in practice and will be held at Te Papa in Wellington from 18-20 April 2012. A full programme will be provided in January, but in the meantime we are excited to announce our international keynote speakers:

  • Umberto Crenca, founder and artistic director of AS220, a nonprofit centre for the arts in Providence, Rhode Island (see
  • Jim Marchbank, former CEO of Science North, Sudbury, North Ontario, see

The annual New Zealand Museum Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday night at the City Gallery, with some fine dining and a fantastic local band lined up for entertainment.

Further chances to catch up with colleagues will occur over welcome drinks at the Museum of City and Sea. Governors/Directors and Kaitiaki dinners will also be held on Wednesday 18th.

The conference will be preceded by the Museums Aotearoa Inaugural Public Lecture on the evening of Tuesday 17 April in Soundings Theatre, Te Papa.

Other related sector events and group meetings will also be held on Tuesday 17th April, including a Poutama 3 workshop entitled Lighting for the Future run by National Services (see

A limited number of travel and accommodation scholarships (up to $300 per organisation) are available, kindly sponsored by National Services Te Paerangi. We will provide further information about these when registration opens.

A further email will be sent out once registrations open in the New Year. Looking forward to seeing you in Wellington!

On a final note, congratulations to Heather Galbraith and Justin Paton who are to have key roles in developing New Zealand’s presence for the 2013 Venice Biennale. They will join Commissioner Jenny Harper as Deputy Commissioner and Curator respectively. Full details are on the Creative New Zealand website, where you can also find information on funding available and recipients of the latest grants.

Mere Kirihimete!

Phillipa and Sophie

News Update 3 March

Kia ora

We have uploaded the latest batch of news from the print media here, you will need to be logged in the the members’ area to view.

The last week has been overshadowed by news from Christchurch. Our aroha, sympathy and very best wishes are with all our whanau, friends and colleagues who have been caught up in the earthquake and its aftermath. Museums Aotearoa and National Services Te Paerangi are compiling a register of volunteers and ideas to help the Christchurch cultural sector’s recovery. Please contact Sophie de Lautour Kelly at (or call 04 499 1313) if you would like to volunteer or have any suggestions.

We have had messages of solidarity from all over the world, including ICOM headquarters in Paris. Click here to read the ICOM Letter from Director General Julien Anfruns . You can also read and contribute a message of support on our Facebook discussion page here, or in the comments on our previous blogpost here.

In the Christchurch area, people are already pulling together. Thérèse Angelo reports that the Air Force Museum, which suffered only minor damage, is not only providing working space for two government agencies, SPCA/emergency vets and a firm of architects, but their staff are also going out to help Lyttelton Museum volunteers retrieve collection items from their severely damaged building.

Back in the office, we are working on details of the MA11 conference. If you haven’t registered yet, the earlybird rate is available until Monday 7 March. We will extend this rate for people whose plans have been interrupted by the Christchurch earthquake. If this applies to you, please contact the office as soon as you can, so that we may secure you a place.

We have also received an exciting batch of applications for the 2011 New Zealand Museum Awards, and look forward to announcing finalists later this month ahead of the celebration dinner on 14 April.

Nga mihi,

Phillipa and Sophie

Special Update 22 February 2011

Oh no, not another one. As I put aside conference planning to write about the latest news, I felt our 8th floor office gently swaying. Little did I know that the effects in Canterbury were far worse. Unlike last September’s quake, this one struck in the middle of a busy day. It has caused even more damage in the city area, including in the Canterbury Museum and the Cathedral. However even that is overshadowed by the as yet uncounted human cost.

Like the rest of the country, we are watching and listening to news, and will bring you details about museums and galleries in Canterbury as they come to hand. We send all our aroha to friends and colleagues who have been affected.

We will distribute the last fortnight’s news stories and regular notice updates tomorrow. Meanwhile, we would like to announce an extension of the deadlines for earlybird registration for MA11, until 7 March. Application deadline for the helping hands grants to attend has also been extended until 28 February. And a reminder that New Zealand Museum Awards 2011 applications are due by 5pm this Thursday, 24 February. We will extend all these deadlines for earthquake-affected colleagues – please just let us know you are intending to apply.


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