Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Cancellation of Vatican Exhibition

Auckland Museum Announces Cancellation of Vatican Exhibition

Auckland Museum today cancelled its upcoming exhibition about the Vatican after key artworks promised as part of the travelling exhibit were withdrawn.

Dr Vanda Vitali today announced that she was not satisfied with the amended contents of the exhibit and on behalf of New Zealanders would not settle for a less significant line-up. “I could not in good conscience present an exhibition that did not live up to what was promised and what we believe our visitors expect from this Museum,” said Dr. Vitali.

In a decision made jointly with the Australian Museum, who were to be the next recipients of the show, the Museums informed their agent in Rome that the artworks scheduled for delivery were substantially different from the original exhibition that was offered.

The director expressed keen disappointment on behalf of the schools, churches and art lovers who were looking forward to the exhibition. “It breaks my heart not to be able to offer this to individuals and groups who had already made plans around its exhibition dates. We know there was excitement and anticipation about this show.”

“However, Auckland Museum is a world-class institution and if we tried to mount a less significant exhibit we would be doing a disservice to everyone. Our commitment to Auckland is to inspire and delight, and you can’t achieve either without offering the best work available,” added Dr. Vitali.

The Museum will be announcing a new exhibition to occupy a similar timeframe as the Vatican would have. “We’ve got some brilliant ideas and I’ll be working with the curators and programming staff directly to create something wonderful for all of our visitors,” finished Dr. Vitali.



© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election