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MA news update 4 October 2016

We hear The Suter re-opening on Sunday weekend was loads of fun for all comers. Lynn Freeman talked to Director Julie Catchpole and Board Chair Craig Potton on RNZ The Arts on Sunday. For images, see Nelson Mail and Suter Facebook page. The Suter now has a refurbished heritage building and a shiny new addition, see information about the project here. There are three new exhibitions, a new website, and we hear the cafe is as fabulous as ever!

Waitangi Maori Performance

Waitangi Maori performers pose with visitors
(Greg McManus and Phillipa Tocker)

Congratulations to the Waitangi National Trust for winning the Maori Cultural Tourism Award in the 2016 NZ Tourism Awards last week. Having experienced their cultural performance and genuine manaakitanga, I know it is richly deserved recognition of the warmth and enthusiasm which the Waitangi staff share with all their visitors.

A member recently raised a query about the new Charities and Financial Reporting requirements. There have been quite a number of workshops run by Charities, DIA and others, and some more in the wider Wellington region for smaller entities (Tier 3 and 4) – 25 October – 3 November, see notices below. There is guidance, videos and templates available online from Charities or you can check with your accountant or local Citizens Advice Bureau. If you are still confused, please let us know.

Have you voted yet? Local council ballot papers need to be posted by this Wednesday, 5 October. The outcome in some councils could make life easier or harder for museums and galleries, so we’ll be watching the results with great interest. The advocacy workshop we’re running at this year’s regional forums looks at working with councils and other stakeholders. One of the museum volunteers at our first forum in Taranaki was also a local councillor. It was a pity he couldn’t stay for the workshop session, but he explained that he needed to keep on the move as it’s ‘shooting season’ for councillors!

We’re looking forward to many more interesting and engaging forums in the coming weeks, and to this week’s Kahui Kaitiaki at Takapūwāhia Marae.

Ngā mihi,
Phillipa

MA11 registration and Awards applications now open

MA11 conference registration is now open online here, with earlybird rates available until 25 February 2011. The website includes the conference programme, our three international keynote speakers – Annabel Westman, Alec Coles and Shane Simpson – sessions at Whakatu Marae, governance and decorative arts workshops, and Collections BarCamp, as well as the all-important social events.

Our hosts at The Suter and Nelson Provincial Museum have been telling us all about their wonderful region, where the sun shines, and the arts and culture are celebrated daily. So plan to join your friends and colleagues in Nelson, 13-16 April 2011. If you have any queries, or would prefer not to register online, just contact us.

We will be celebrating the 2011 NZ Museum Awards alongside the conference, and entries are now open.

This year, we have expanded the number of awards, and simplified the award categories to just two. The Museum Achievement Awards will include exhibitions, public programmes, research or other kinds of museum and gallery projects. The judges will recognise a range of achievements such as exhibition design, small museum project, innovation and technology.

We also invite nominations for the Individual Achievement Award for 2011.

We are delighted to have Story Inc on board again as our major sponsor, with Selecon again providing a major prize in the Museum Achievement category – a $3,000 study grant.

For more information and application forms, check out our website here.

In the run-up to the awards and MA11 conference, follow us through our website, these blog posts, Facebook and Twitter – stay connected!

We look forward to sharing the great work you do with colleagues and promoting it to the public, so make sure you enter by 24 February 2011.

And we also wish you a happy and relaxing holiday season.

Naku noa, na

Phillipa and Sophie


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