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News Update 11 August 2011

Southland Museum and Art Gallery has attracted much comment after a letter to the Editor of the Southland Times calling an exhibition of Ralph Hotere drawings ‘trash’ and ‘not appropriate for young adults’.  It’s good to see people taking an interest in their local museums and galleries, and that the letter drew extremely supportive responses from other readers!  You can read these and other news stories in the members’ area of our website here (you need to be an MA member to log in).

Activity around the country
Around the country everyone is gearing up for – or hiding away from – that sporting event which will overtake us from 9 September.  Museums and galleries have been making special efforts to put on great shows such as the inspiring and wide-ranging 2-part exhibition exploring currents of art throughout the Pacific, Oceania at Te Papa and City Gallery Wellington.  And there is a flurry of activity as opening dates loom for Auckland Art Gallery, Rotorua Museum, the relocated Whangarei Art Museum, and the NZ Rugby Museum in its new home at the redeveloped Te Manawa.

You can check out these and all the other cultural activities being promoted to our rugby visitors as part of the REAL New Zealand Festival.

Mix and Mash is here again – Digital NZ has opened a competition with $40,000 in cash and prizes for the best mashup and remix of NZ content and data. There is online information and tutorials, and you are encouraged to take part in the discussions. There was also an actual launch event in Auckland on 4 August.  The competition is open until 15 September, with winners to be annouced on 3 October.  Visit the Digital NZ mixandmash website for details.

People in the news
We all know that museum and gallery people are interesting, although we don’t always know about the things that our colleagues do outside of work time. One such person is Jennie McCormick, customer services officer at Te Tuhi. Jennie’s alter ego is an amateur astronomer, and was the subject of Radio NZ’s Spectrum documentary last week, which you can listen to here.

Also on the radio was Tina Barton, Director of the Adam Art Gallery, talking about their current show Behind Closed Doors, which brings artworks from private collectors’ homes into the gallery. You can listen to Tina on The Arts on Sunday, 31 July.  Other recent Radio NZ interviews have been with Scott Pothan (Whangarei Art Museum), Douglas Lloyd Jenkins (Hawke’s Bay Museum & Art Gallery) and Bill Macnaught (National Library, ex-Puke Ariki).

Diversity in focus
And a reminder about the museums and galleries session which is part of the Diversity Forum in Hamilton on 22 August.  This is a great opportunity to spend some time focussing on professional practice with interested colleagues.  You can download the flyer and registration information here.  I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there.

Nga mihi,
Phillipa

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News Update

Kia ora

Check out the latest batch of museum news that has been uploaded today, online here (you need to be logged in to the members’ area to view).

Local council elections lead this week, with lots of museums in the news as well. Some of the election results will have flow-on effects for museums and galleries, and of course we’ll all be watching to see how Auckland Mayor Len Brown, the new Auckland councillors, and multitude of community board members, manage the transition to the new city structure.

Some turn-ups include: Annette Main becoming Mayor of Whanganui District, pipping former Deputy Mayor Dot McKinnon after Michael Laws stepped down; Nelson sitting Mayor Kerry Marshall only made fourth place against local businessman Aldo Miccio, a first-term councillor campaigning on a platform of possible regional amalgamation; Whangarei Mayor Stan Semenoff was ousted by Maurice Cutforth, who promises a more open council that takes more than 10 minutes for its monthly meetings; former TV handyman-presenter Dave Cull tipped out Mayor Peter Chin in Dunedin; in the Far North nothing much changed with Wayne Brown keeping the Mayoralty against a strong challenge split between Sir John Goulter and Laurie Byers; and unsurprisingly Bob Parker was returned as Mayor in Christchurch after gaining high profile in the wake of the Canterbury earthquake. In Wellington we’re waiting until all the special votes are counted to hear if Kerry Prendergast is returned for a 4th term, or ousted by the long-term Greens councillor Celia Wade-Brown.

Last week we had the Paul Henry affair(s), in which neither TV presenters and managers, nor our Prime Minister, read the public mood correctly when responding to politically incorrect statements. And this week the media went the other way, with a storm in a teacup brewing very quickly when the media got hold of Te Papa’s invitation to a behind the scenes collection tour which asked pregnant or menstruating women not to come. The blogosphere went wild, with so many ill-informed and badly written comments that it was just laughable. Check this blog post for one of the more balanced views.

Congratulations to the reopened Navy Museum, sitting pretty in Torpedo Bay, Devonport. There was a very well-received open day on Saturday, and the museum is now open 7 days a week, including a café. See the news coverage in our roundup and visit the museum website here.

We also hear that the NZ Furniture Symposium, hosted by Southland Museum & Art Gallery last week, was a great event. We expect to bring you a report of that in the next Museums Aotearoa Quarterly.

We hope to see many of you at Te Papa next week at the National Digital Forum conference, with guest speakers Michael Edson (Smithsonian, USA), Nick Poole (Collections Trust, UK) and Dan Hill (Arup, UK). It’s not too late to register here.

Back in the office, we’re busy with MA11 conference planning, with 3 international guest speakers expected. As soon as they are confirmed we’ll bring you more details…


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