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News Update 27 January 2015

Kia ora

Tomorrow the MA15 planning team is meeting in Dunedin. We’ll be going through programme details, fitting as many of the huge number of proposals in as possible, as well as all the other logistics to make MA15 our best and most inspiring conference ever. Don’t forget these key details:

  • early bird registration closes 6 March
  • 3 or more people attending from the same (member) institution get a 10% discount
  • applications for a limited number of 1/2 price registrations close 20 February
  • it will be graduation weekend in Dunedin, so book travel and accommodation ASAP!

Ian Griffin, Director of Otago Museum, says, “By the way, in case you haven’t yet booked for the MA conference in Dunedin, I hope the attached picture I managed to snap of last night’s aurora australis we saw down here encourages you to book post haste!”

Today is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops. Wellingtonian Vera Egermayer, who was then aged 4 and living in a children’s home in Prague, tells her story,
and the day is being commemorated by the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.

Whanganui Regional Museum has been making a stand on the possible illegal sale of moa bones.  The war of words has made it into the newspapers, see Moa bone sale dispute and South Taranaki iwi and archaeologists are also wading into the argument. WRM’s Mike Dickison has been drawing both support and criticism for publicising the issue, as reported – and commented on – in the Wanganui Chronicle.

As we near the end of January we’re still enjoying a wonderful summer. Looking ahead, we’ll be working on actions outlined in our Strategic Plan. We’ll be asking you for your ideas about mentoring and professional development very soon, the Board is meeting in Wellington on 23 February, and looking forward to the ServiceIQ 2015 NZ Museum Awards – don’t miss the closing date, 19 March, and the celebration with guest judge and MC Te Radar on 7 May in Dunedin.

Nā Phillipa māua ko Talei

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News Update 17 April 2013

Kia ora,

Whew!  We’re back in the office in damp Wellington after a wonderful time in Hamilton.  The sun shone, our Waikato hosts were generous and welcoming, and it seems a good time was had by all.  We thank all the conference presenters and participants, and particularly the 200+ delegates – without your attendance and enthusiasm, there would be no conference.

2013-04 MA13 banner pic SM

We congratulate all the 2013 NZ Museum Awards entrants, finalists and of course the winners: Auckland Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery, the Fashion Museum, The Kauri Museum and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. These are great examples of excellence and innovation.

At the awards celebration dinner we were delighted to announce a new professional development grant in partnership with the Asia New Zealand Foundation – see our website. We also acknowledged Finn McCahon-Jones, winner of The Clark Collection Scholarship for 2013.  Finn is Associate Curator, Applied Arts & Design at Auckland Museum.  The scholarship is supported by National Services Te Paerangi, and Finn will travel to the UK to attend the Attingham Summer School and visit other organisations in England.

We have conference and awards photos up on Facebook, where you’re welcome to tag and comment. An email link to the post-conference survey will be sent out later this week.  We are very keen to hear your feedback and ideas for MA14 in Hawke’s Bay!

Last week we also held the 2012 Museums Aotearoa AGM in Hamilton. Here is a brief summary:
– the 2012 Annual Report was presented orally – it will be printed and mailed out with the next MAQ in May
– the 2102 Financial Accounts can be downloaded from our website here
– the 2012 museum sector survey results can be downloaded as Executive Summary or the full 2012 Sector Survey Report
– the revised Code of Ethics was endorsed, subject to consideration of any further comments from members by the Board at its next meeting (date mid-May tbc)

The result of the MA Board election is:
– Therese Angelo (Museum) – re-elected, Chair
– Tryphena Cracknell (Kaitiaki) – elected
– Eric Dorfman (Museum) – re-elected
– Jenny Harper (Individual) – second term continues
– Brett Mason (Individual) – elected (first term)
– Rhonda Paku (Museum) – elected (first term)

We haven’t had time to keep up with the museum and gallery news around the country over the past week, so we’ll be back with that and other events next week. In the mean time we’ve updated the opportunities, links and notices below.

Nga mihi, Phillipa, Talei and the MA13 team

News Update 9 May 2011

It’s May already, with Christchurch still shaking and crazy weather around the country. In mid-April in Nelson, the sun shone for 2 out of our 3 conference days, and we had a great time – thanks to all who were there and all who helped. We presented the Annual Report at the AGM, and this will be posted to members later this month with the next issue of MAQuarterly.

MA11 conference links

There are some photos in our previous post, and more on Facebook, and we will add presentations to our website as they become available.

Shane Simpson spoke about deaccessioning and collections ethics. His almost completed online publication Collections Law has just been relaunched on a new website, and is highly recommended. It focuses on the subject of the business and law of public collecting organisations in Australia, and is certainly relevant to NZ as well. The Powerhouse Museum has supported the publication, and hopes it will be a useful reference guide for public museums, libraries, archives and galleries across Australia. Recently added chapters include; Philanthropy, Reproduction of Useful Things and Protection of collections during times of armed conflict.

And following the ethics theme, we discussed the very topical case of artefacts of NZ origin, which were in the collection of the British Commonwealth and Empire Museum in Bristol, which had appeared for sale through a London dealer. Some news items are in our roundup in our members’ site, and the UK Museums Journal reported the dismissal of the BCEM Director here. The NZ Listener covered it in the issue dated 16 April, but the article is not online yet. A timely case when the AGM endorsed the establishment of an Ethics Committee for MA.

2011 New Zealand Museum Awards

Congratulations again to all who made it through as finalists in this year’s Awards – and especially to the winners. We have compiled the press clippings into a separate edition here for our members, and Dunedin Public Art Gallery’s Beloved was featured on local television here

Museum appointments

While we were in Nelson it was announced that Roy Clare, currently Chief Executive of the MLA in the UK, is to be the next Director of Auckland Museum, starting in August. His appointment is covered in the UK Museums Journal here, and in an interview with Kathryn Ryan on National Radio here. And last week Bill Macnaught, former Manager of Puke Ariki and MA Board member, took up his new position as National Librarian. On the negative side, Karen Williams (Taupo Museum) and Brian Patrick (Central Stories) have both had their roles disestablished in council cuts.

There has been good coverage of recent openings at Te Manawa and Aotea Utanganui (Patea) as well as progress on the Rotorua Museum and Auckland Art Gallery developments. Some other proposed developments are struggling against council budget constraints as the annual planning round progresses – and staff casualties have already been noted. We hope most councils will see the benefits of continuing to invest in the arts and culture as an essential part of their service to their communities.

Next up for Museums Aotearoa is the first meeting of the new Board, which will be in Wellington on 18 May. We will be looking at our various activities and projects, including accreditation and the Code of Ethics.

We have also invited all museums and members in the Wellington area along to meet with the Board and start planning for next year’s MA12 conference – and before we blink another year rolls around!

Other useful links:

“Journeys Towards a New Paradigm Exploring Collaboration and Access to Digital Artefacts in the GLAM Sector”, a one-day symposium sponsored by the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington on 18 April. Video from the sessions:

Personal Journeys and Research Perspectives: Prof. Wendy Duff and Kay Sanderson
Trajectories of Technological Design: Chris Todd, Adrian Kingston, and John Roberts
“The Scary Washing Machine” Discussion Amanda Cossham, Chris Todd, Adrian Kingston, John Roberts
Linked Open Data (Part 1): Brenda Chawner
A video clip of Tim Berners-Lee on Linked Open Data which was viewed at the Symposium is available here
Looking Back at the Journey: Prof. Wendy Duff

The NZ Conservators of Cultural Material have a very user-friendly new website here which includes advice, links and a directory of conservators.

ARANZ have a status report listing Christchurch archival collections, levels of access, web/email contact and a brief description of the current situation after the February earthquake, here.

Post Conference Update

 

Congratulations!

We had a wonderful few days in Nelson last week, and would like to congratulate all the Award winners and finalists, and also our inspiring speakers and generous hosts.

2011 New Zealand Museum Awards

Individual Achievement Award
David Wright, Director, Navy Museum

David Wright, Director, Navy Museum

Project Achievement Award, Innovation and Technology
Whakamīharo Lindauer Online, Auckland Art Gallery

Whakamīharo Lindauer Online, Auckland Art Gallery

Project Achievement Award, Exhibition Excellence – Art

Winner:
Beloved, Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Robyn Notman accepting Award for Beloved, Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Finalists:
White Cloud Worlds, Dowse Art Museum
Back & Beyond & Here, Museums Wellington

Project Achievement Award, Exhibition Excellence – Social History

Winner:
Te Ahi Kā Roa, Te Ahi Ka Kātoro, Taranaki War 1860-2010: Our Legacy, Our Challenge, Puke Ariki

Bill Macnaught accepts Award for Te Ahi Kā Roa, Te Ahi Ka Kātoro, Taranaki War 1860-2010: Our Legacy, Our Challenge, Puke Ariki

Finalists:
Port Nelson, Haven Ahoy!, Nelson Provincial Museum

Project Achievement Award, Exhibition Excellence – Small Museum

Winner:
Bohemians of the Brush: Pumpkin Cottage Impressionists, Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre

Jane Vial & Stephanie Cottrell accept Award for Expressions Art & Entertainment Centre

Finalists:
Isel’s 160th Year, Isel House
Ka Takata Whenua o Waihao, Waimate Museum
Credo and Quest, Whangarei Art Museum

ATTTO Museum Workplace Training Ambassador Award
Eva Huismans, Volunteer and Training Coordinator, Canterbury Museum

Eva Huismans accepts the ATTTO Museum Workplace Training Ambassador Award

Citations are on our website here, and photographs from the Awards celebration are on our facebook page here.

Museums Aotearoa Board

At the AGM on Friday 15 April, we had two Board members returned, and two new members elected. Thanks to all those who stood for the Board, and all the museum members who voted. The 2011-12 Board comprises:

  • Thérèse Angelo, Director Air Force Museum, Chair (Museum)
  • Eric Dorfman, Museum General Manager, Whanganui Regional Museum (Museum)
  • Jenny Harper, Director, Christchurch Art Gallery (Individual)
  • Michelle Hippolite, Kaihautu, Te Papa (Museum)
  • Manu Kawana, Kaihautu, Te Manawa (Individual – joint Kaitiaki)
  • Greg McManus, Director, Rotorua Museum (Individual)
  • Laureen Sadlier, Registrar, Pataka (Individual – joint Kaitiaki)

MA11 conference

Thank you to te iwi kāinga o Whakatu Marae, Peter Millward and staff at the Nelson Provincial Museum, Julie Catchpole and staff at The Suter for making us so welcome in Nelson. The sun shone (mostly), we heard from inspiring and thought-provoking presenters, engaged in serious and not-so-serious debate, and were very well provisioned over our three days. And a very special thank you to Kamaya Yates, who stepped in to be our on-the-spot conference coordinator. We’ll be putting some of the information and reports from the conference in the May MAQ, as well are more photos on our website shortly. We’re taking an extra day off on Tuesday to rest up after the conference.

Happy holidays, Phillipa and Sophie


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