MA10: Museums - who needs them?

MA10 - Museums - who needs them?

14 - 16 April 2010

New Plymouth

Over 170 museum people from around New Zealand, and some from as far away as the USA, UK and Canada, descended upon New Plymouth for three days for the annual conference this year. The people of New Plymouth and Taranaki welcomed us warmly, and the city provided all that we needed – excellent catering, venue, activities and hospitality.

We were hosted jointly by Puke Ariki and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth's two world-class cultural institutions. Both showed us outstanding and timely exhibitions of international quality, firmly rooted in Taranaki. Puke Ariki's Taranaki War exhibition offered challenge, opening discussion on a pivotal part of our social history. John Reynolds: Nomadology marked a significant milestone for the Govett-Brewster and made thought-provoking connections between place, space and philosophy, through his lists and word-play.

We would like to thank our sponsors and trade exhibitors: Te PapaATTTO; National Services Te Paerangi; Kenderdine Electrical Limited; Philips Selecon; The Complete Package; and New Zealand Micrographic Services.

The New Zealand Museum Awards generously sponsored by Story Inc were persented at the MA10 Conference Dinner on 15 April 2010. For more information about the winners, finalists and the awards celebration, click here.

The Museums Aotearoa Annual General Meeting was held during the conference on 15 April 2010. At the AGM Linda Tyler stepped down from the Board, Bill Macnaught was re-elected as a Museum Member, Jenny Harper was elected as an individual member, and arising from the Kaitiaki Hui on 14 April 2010, Laureen Sadlier was re-elected, with the support of Manu Kawana.

The conference theme was Museums – who needs them? Articulating our relevance and value in changing and challenging times. This theme was explored across four broad strands: social impact and creative capital; community engagement; economic impact and cultural tourism; and current climate. To view the complete conference programme, click here.

There were many inspirational speakers and contributors throughout the conference, hailing both nationally and internationally. Please click on the links below to download copies of some of the presentations. 


14 April 2010 Welcome Address 
Barbara McKerrow, CEO, New Plymouth District Council

15 April 2010 Keynote: Relevance of museums and engaging funders
Lawrence Yule, Mayor of Hastings and President, Local Government New Zealand
Colleen Tuuta, Chairperson TSB Community Trust

15 April 2010 By the numbers: economic and social impact, visitor research and reporting
Jenny Harper, Director, Christchurch Art Gallery
Lee Davidson, Casimar Larkin, and David Mason, Victoria University of Wellington

15 April 2010 Regional and National Advocacy
Grant Collie, Grant Collie Associates

Elaine Heumann-Gurian, Museum Advisor and Consultant, has made available information here, which follows on from her Master Class at MA10

Other highlight speakers included: 
Michael Houlihan, Director General, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and Chief Executive Designate, Te Papa
Tony Ellwood, Director, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art
Michael Huxley, Manager of Finance, Museums & Galleries New South Wales
Bill Macnaught, Director, Puke Ariki
Rhana Devenport, Director, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
as well as many more...

In addition to presentations, there were a number of breakout discussions and professional development sessions held during the conference. National Services Te Paerangi facilitated a Collections Online session, with further information and downloadable resources available on the NSTP website . The Ministry for Culture and Heritage held a workshop about objects and collections of national importance. Further information about this work can be found on their blog.

We would like to extend a big thank you once again, to everyone who contributed to making MA10 such a success! We are now looking forward to our next annual conference in Nelson in 2011.