Happy New Year to you all!
The summer period in our sector is always an extremely busy time. I hope you have had some much needed time to rest, relax, reflect and celebrate the year that was, and are starting to pull together project plans for the year ahead.
I have taken a good break with whanau and friends and as I am writing this blog I’m starting to get my home office, email backlog, work schedules and upcoming trip plans into some order before the year gets away on me.
The New Year is always a good time to review short and long-term plans, policies, to evaluate gaps, areas for improvement and begin to progress your museum priorities. But before I dive into sharing some of the year ahead for our team, I wanted to acknowledge a few events from the end of last year, and congratulate all those who supported and participated in these to see them and many others through to a successful outcome.
Middle North Island Curators’ Hui
The National Army Museum Te Mata Toa, in Waiouru hosted a very successful Curators’ Hui in early November 2017. The theme for this hui was Reflections for the Future – Commemorating War in Aotearoa New Zealand. We had many wonderful guest speakers, numerous thought provoking short presentations and fruitful discussions. The ropu shared ideas, opportunities, challenges and successes that I know many mid-sized regional museums, galleries, cultural centres and community organisations are facing.
One of many wonderful speakers over the two day hui – Buddy Mikaere sharing development projects in Tauranga. Photograph by Sally August, Te Papa
It was an outstanding couple of days hearing about all the research that has been undertaken, the projects in the pipeline and those already completed. A huge thanks must go to Elizabeth Mildon, Loran McNamara, Tracy Puklowski and the wonderful team at the Army Museum. I’m sure many of you like myself are looking forward to the next hui which is likely to be held in Taranaki.
Opening of Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, Foxton
If you haven’t had the chance over the holiday period to visit Foxton and their new centre of excellence then I’d highly recommend you add this to your priority list for the year. The project partners (including the Horowhenua District Council, Te Taitoa Maori Trust, the Dutch Connection Trust and the Foxton community) certainly have something to be extremely proud of. This building and the entire complex has been transformed into a beautiful, creative and empowering environment and cultural hub.
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom workshop series covering key museum topics including security, health and safety, hosting visitors and running tours. Photograph by Sally August, Te Papa
A huge acknowledgement must go to David Clapperton, Horowhenua District Council CEO, Hendrix Warren, Cultural and Community Centre Manager and Te Takere, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom (TANS) staff, project contractors and managers, museum sector experts and passionate volunteers, including Awhina Tamarapa, Cathy McCarthy, Lily Frederikse, and many, many others.
I also want to thank our wider Te Papa colleagues who have supported the initial TANS training plan and workshops, including Jason Yorston, Tom Tarnowski and Roger Gascoigne. National Services Te Paerangi look forward to continuing our support for this project and many others throughout the year ahead.
I thought it might be enjoyable to share a few before and after photos of the TANS development.
Old hardware store and windmill in Foxton prior to TANS development…
…and after TANS cultural centre completed, what a difference! Photographs by Sally August, Te Papa
If you haven’t yet made it to Foxton since the opening of Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, the following news coverage will give you a taste of what you’re missing!
On the road in Northland
At the end of last year I had a number of hui in Te Taitokerau, including teams from the Albertland Museum, Te Ahu, Te Runanga nui o Te Aupouri, Whangarei Art Museum, Clapham Clocks and the Hundertwasser project team to list a few.
Te Ahu in Kaitaia. Photograph by Sally August, Te Papa
One of the many highlights from this time on the road was the Tūhonohono i nga Taonga-a-Iwi conference at Te Ahu, Kaitaia run in partnership with Te Rarawa Anga Mua Trust and the wonderful staff at Te Ahu including Manager Curator Whina Te Whiu. This conference, much like the last one held in Whakatane, was an opportunity to hear from iwi, hapu and marae representatives who are involved with iwi cultural centres, the preservation of Māori culture and built heritage, kaitiaki of taonga, and are responsible for iwi, hapu and marae development.
There were so many outstanding people, projects and presentations that for me showed how resourcefulness, a clear purpose, vision, tikanga, grass roots and national relationships can achieve outstanding results that can have long term benefits and gains for communities.
The north has many jewels and pearls of knowledge, and for those who are interested in hearing more about this hui, my colleague Paora Tibble has written up his experience of the conference for the NZ Museums blog.
Te Hiku Media also put together a wonderful piece on the conference which screened on Haukainga.
Tūhonohono I nga Taonga a Iwi – Te Ahu Kaitaia Delegation 2017. Photograph by Sally August, Te Papa
NSTP Workshops across the motu in 2018:
Run in partnership with museums and galleries, our workshops are great affordable opportunities for professional development. Workshops coming up in the next few months include the following topics:
- The Role of Maori in Museums
- Amazing tales – write to detain: Telling amazing collection stories
- Responsibilities of the Museum
- Safety and Security in Museums
We look forward to seeing you at some of these events and others, including the 2018 Museum Aotearoa conference, MA18 – Outside Insights and the Kahui Kaitiaki Hui, being held in May in Christchurch!
Travel Subsidies to Attend Museum Training Opportunities in New Zealand
Are you or your team keen to attend museum-related training opportunities such as NSTP workshops, Museums Aotearoa conference or the Kahui Kaitiaki Hui in Canterbury, but the associated costs are holding you back from registering?
Our Travel Subsidy Grant subsidies travel expenses associated with museum or gallery training in New Zealand. It is an extremely simple grant application process, and can provide up to $300 including GST towards your flights, accommodation and car travel. Organisations can make up to three applications every financial year.
Myself and the NSTP team look forward to hearing from you and visiting you at your place in the near future. And remember if you have any questions on a museum, gallery, iwi / hapu and care or taonga development matters, feel free to call our freephone helpline 0508 NSTP HELP (0508 678 743) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing how we might be able to support.
Kaiwhanake Whare Taonga – North Island Museum Development Advisor