Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Inaugural Museums Aotearoa Awards, 10 April 2008

Issued by Museums Aotearoa
4 April 2008

Inaugural Museums Aotearoa Awards, 10 April 2008

Museums Aotearoa will present three awards for excellence at its 2008 annual conference in Dunedin next week.

‘The awards are open to Museums Aotearoa’s individual and museum members to celebrate the best of our sector achievements,’ says Executive Director, Phillipa Tocker.

‘We have established these awards because we want to congratulate and publically recognise the best of the many quiet achievements undertaken by our members. Every day, excellent work and creativity goes on behind the scenes in our museums, public art galleries, science centres and historical societies. Our incredibly skilled and resourceful members are responsible for delivering many outstanding exhibitions, programmes, technological innovations and more, to our local and wider communities. We want to highlight these achievements at our annual professional conference and publicly acknowledge the individuals and organisations who contribute so much to New Zealand’s museums and galleries,’ Ms Tocker said.

The three award categories are:

- the individual achievement award—for an individual who has made an outstanding contribution, initiative or development that has led to the improvement of an organisation or of the wider museum sector;

- the innovation achievement award—for an individual or team who has made an outstanding contribution towards innovation, particularly through the use of technology; and

- the exhibition/visitor achievement award—for a team or organisation for an outstanding new exhibition and/or visitor programme that contributes to best industry practice in the museum sector, and which demonstrates excellence, relevance and vision.

Award entrants are from all around New Zealand, from Gore in the deep South to Matakohe in the far North. Winning entrants will be able showcase their work at the institutions and organisations they represent.

Finalists for the individual achievement award are Betty Nelley, Collections Manager, at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe; Margaret Cranwell, Exhibitions Manager at Hawkes Bay Cultural Trust, Napier; and Jim Geddes, Head of Arts and Heritage at Gore District Council. Finalists for the innovation and exhibition/visitor achievement awards are the Waiuku Museum Society; Christchurch Art Gallery; Pearson & Associates Architects of Auckland; the Museum of Wellington; and Whanganui Regional Museum.

‘The museum industry plays a vital part in our communities. These places, their staff and the literally thousands of supporting volunteers, are guardians of our national heritage, arts, treasures and taonga. They protect and tell our stories, they educate and interconnect our many cultures and they provide the continuity for strong traditions in our society. Museums also play a pivotal role in leisure and tourism sectors, and they demonstrate and profile New Zealand's innovation and leadership internationally. We want our awards to become part of a growing public appreciation and interaction with our museums and galleries,’ Ms Tocker said.

‘Our conference next week, called Museum People – the Human Collection, is all about people. It will focus on the staff and volunteers who keep our museums functioning and the challenges, training and development needs that we face. So it is fitting that we are introducing the awards at this year’s conference.

‘A lot of work has gone into making the awards a success. Museums Aotearoa is particularly grateful for contributions from the panel of selectors and to performance lighting company Selecon NZ Ltd, for its financial support to launch the awards programme.’

Museums Aotearoa ~ Te Tari o Nga Whare Taonga o te Motu is New Zealand's independent professional organisation for museums and those who work in or have an interest in museums. Members include museums, public art galleries, historical societies, science centres, people who work in these institutions, and people connected or associated with arts, culture and heritage in New Zealand. More information is at:


Further details
New Zealand museums and public galleries care for more than 10 million items relating to New Zealand’s history and contribute to our national identity. Generating in excess of 1000 public exhibitions and publications and attracting over 5 million visits each year, museums and galleries are currently ranked as the top attraction for New Zealand's overseas visitors.

New Zealand museums are actively focused on enriching their communities by enhancing the quality of their facilities, collections, programmes, products and services.

There is unprecedented growth in the establishment and development of museum facilities and services in most regions of New Zealand. Over 3500 people are currently employed in New Zealand museums, and at least twice that number of volunteers. Total annual museum operating and capital expenditure is in excess of $300 million.

Museums Aotearoa strives to be the strong, objective, fully representative voice for the evolving museum community, and to promote a shared sense of professionalism, solidarity and identity.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis Review: From Free Press to Fancy Dress - Spielberg's The Post

Stephen Spielberg's The Post is an opportune newsroom drama in which a corrupt Republican president wages war against the "liberal media," as its plucky proprietor risks economic and legal ruin to bring the Pentagon Papers to public light. Its true protagonist is publisher Katharine Graham, a stringently diplomatic businesswoman, reluctantly compelled to take an overtly political stance in the interests of democracy and freedom of the press. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Black Dog of Empire - Joe Wright's Darkest Hour'

On the eve of England's contorted efforts to negotiate its ignominious retreat from Europe and the chaotic spectacle of the Tory party ratifying its undignified departure from a union originally designed to prevent another World War, there has been a renewed appetite for movies about 1940. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Anger Begets Anger - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

For fans of what Ricky Gervais termed "number movies" (Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven, Ocean's 11, Se7en), Martin McDonagh's latest offering will be a welcome addition to the roster. The Irish playwright turned screenwriter and director has produced another quirky and darkly comic tragedy that evolves around the futility of anger and grief, retribution and revenge. More>>

Howard Davis: Sexting in George Dawe's Genevieve - Part I

Te Papa's permanent collection includes an enormous oil painting by the English artist George Dawe called Genevieve (from by a poem by S.T. Coleridge entitled 'Love') that was prominently featured in the 2013 exhibition Angels & Aristocrats. Compare the massive immensity of the bard's gorgeously gilded harp with the stubby metallic handle of the Dark Knight's falchion, both suggestively positioned at crotch-level. Dawe's enormous canvas invokes a whole history of blushing that pivots around a direct connection to sexual arousal. More>>


Ethnomusicology: Malian ‘Desert Blues’ Revolutionaries To Storm WOMAD

Malian band Tinariwen (playing WOMAD NZ in March 2018) are a true musical revolutionaries in every sense. Active since 1982, these nomadic Tuareg or ‘Kel Tamashek’ (speakers of Tamashek) electric guitar legends revolutionised a traditional style to give birth to a new genre often called ‘desert blues’. They also have a history rooted deeply in revolution and fighting for the rights of their nomadic Tamashek speaking culture and people. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland