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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 fundraiseonline.co.nz and Raglan Museum, Kiwi North and the Air Force Museum are signed up to givealittle.co.nz. 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

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News update 14 September 2011

It’s all happening!  The fabulous opening of the new Auckland Art Gallery, Rotorua Museum’s beautiful extension, Whangarei Art Museum – and rugby events everywhere.

Auckland
Auckland celebrated magnificently for the re-opening of the Auckland Art Gallery.  There were various events, not-too-long speeches, much partying and lots of thank-yous, as well as rousing haka, thrilling waiata and a real live fanfare.  Now we really do have an art museum that is the equal of those in major overseas cities. A whole lot more of Auckland’s seriously good collection is on show, alongside the Robertson ‘Promised Gift’ of international masters, and some beautiful and inspiring new commissions.  The curatorial team have made the most of their ‘time out’ to thoughtfully recontextualise collection favourites and bring forgotten gems to light.  Of course it will be there for many years to come, but do go as soon as you can.

AAG lunchtime preview
lunchtime preview on opening day – nearly ready…
Chris Saines

Chris Saines' last speech at the official opening


AAG opening crowd

... before the crowd returns


AAG on Auckland waterfront
Auckland Art Gallery’s new branding is a hit with families on the waterfront walk

Rotorua
In Rotorua, I am told that a moving dawn ceremony was followed by a celebration which was suitably memorable – I regret that I could not be in both places at the same time.  However, I was delighted to go to Rotorua the following week, and see the superbly finished Don Stafford Wing, perfectly matching the orignial 100+ year old Bath House.  Inside, school groups and other visitors were totally engaged with the excellent new exhibits. And Pukaki – the ‘face’ of our 20 cent coin – has a fitting resting place at the entrance to the new galleries, which feature some magnificanet Te Arawa taonga from Auckland Museum as well as Rotorua’s own collection.  Another essential visit for museum people.

Pukaki welcomes visitors into the Don Stafford Wing at Rotorua Museum

Ashburton
There has been plenty of acrimony  over several years and a new flurry of protest in recent months as the Ashburton District Council debated whether or not to go ahead with plans for a new museum/art gallery/archive building. It’s great to see that the council has finally agreed to accept a $6.6 million tender and push ahead with it. Now there is only a building consent yet to be approved.  I do like the way the local paper reports every ‘he said, she said’ of the council debate – that way everyone knows who is on which side, and who is yet to be won over!

Diversity Award for Pataka
In other news, Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures has been recognised by the Human Rights Commission for its outstanding contribution to community-building and inclusiveness.  As HRC noted for Pataka’s Diversity Award, it “has become the cultural heart of Porirua City. In the 12 years since it opened Pataka has developed a reputation for showcasing the best in Maori, Pacific Island, New Zealand, Asian and other diverse international contemporary art & culture”.  See reports fromt he Diversity Awards and the Hamilton forum in August here.

Ethics of disposal
Those who were at MA11 in Nelson will recall a lively discussion of the ethics of disposal, which included the case of New Zealand-related objects fromthe British Empire & Commonwealth Museum in Bristol, UK, appearing on the open market with no provenance.  Another chapter in this saga has been published by The Art Newspaper. The article ‘Rise and fall of the British Empire Museum’ (3 Sep 2011) can be found here under the tag museums.

Official Information Act
In other news, the New Zealand media are again looking into losses and thefts of museum objects, especially the emotive topic of medals.  The recent arrest of an ex-NZ Army Museum staffer for stealing hundreds of medals shocked and surprised many, and has spurred some awkward Official Information Act (OIA) requests from the media.  One thing to note is that the OIA applies to government departments and to local government – but our advice is that organisations and collections which are governed by trusts are not covered.  This means that local government funded museums and galleries may be subject to the OIA for organisational matters, but collections that are the repsonsibility of a separate trust are not.  So if you are approached by journalists or others seeking information under the OIA, you may not be legally obliged to provide it – although you may decide to do so anyway in the public interest.

And elsewhere around the country, it’s hard to avoid mention of rugby.  Seemingly every museum and gallery has managed to relate current exhibitions and programmes to rugby in some way.  And a timely release this week of a Quarterly Focus report on visitor satisfaction by Tourism Research makes explicit correlation between visitor satisfaction, repeat visitation, and willingness to recommend – word of mouth being a hugely important factor in marketing the country as a destination as well as specific activities such as exhibitions and events. I hope all our RWC 2011 visitors are extremely satisfied with their experiences in museums and galleriesaround the country.

I wish you a busy and productive time while the country is consumed by rugby!

Ka kite,
Phillipa

News update 14 June 2011

While preparing this post, we heard about the latest earthquakes to rock Christchurch. We were saddened to hear that the Timeball Station has suffered very badly, especially as the delicate task of dismantling had just begun. As yet we don’t know how other museums and galleries have fared. We send supportive thoughts and aroha to all our friends and colleagues in Canterbury.

Queen’s Birthday Honours

Last week we were delighted to hear that Thérèse Angelo and Jenny Harper were both appointed Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Congratulations to both. We are lucky to have them on the Museums Aotearoa Board, with Thérèse taking on the role of Chair following the April AGM.

It is always gratifying to see the service of dedicated individuals recognised, as it highlights the value of their work and that of the wider cultural sector. Also honoured were several other supporters of the arts and heritage, including Asia NZ Foundation Culture Director Jennifer King, arts patron Sir James Wallace, Te Papa Board member Chris Parkin and the late Desmond Templeton, founder of the Templeton Flax Mill Heritage Museum in Riverton.

Reports and plans

Annual reporting and planning season is upon us again. Reports and plans provide insight into how different organisations evaluate their performance and look to the future.

The Museums Aotearoa 2010 Annual Report was presented at the AGM in Nelson, and recently mailed out with the May MAQ. All members should have received it by now – if you haven’t yet seen it, please let us know. The Annual and complete Financial reports can also be downloaded from our website here.

Other interesting and useful reports and plans include:

The recently released edition of the Regional Visitor Monitor (RVM) data for the year ended March 2011 includes a Quarterly Focus article dedicated to the importance of the domestic market segment to the New Zealand tourism industry. It examines the key differences of the domestic travel market between the eight distinct groups of ‘domestic leisure travellers’, each with its own travel needs and patterns, and each requiring a different marketing approach. To visit the RVM section of the Tourism Research website and download the Domestic Market Segmentation report and/or the RVM data and report click here.

Museums and galleries online

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery has had an online makeover – completely redesigned and with new information, functions and images, the here.

Ka kite,
Phillipa

PS – Sophie is away on leave this month, I hope she’s having a great time on her travels!


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