MA20Waitangi conference

MA20Waitangi - Location/Dislocation: object, experience, context, space
13-15 May 2020, Waitangi Treaty Grounds

MA20Waitangi - Location/Dislocation: object, experience, context, space
13-15 May 2020, Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Registration for our annual conference is now open – register by 31 January to benefit from our members-only super early-bird ticket price 

Museums Aotearoa and the Waitangi National Trust team present MA20Waitangi – Location/Dislocation: object, experience, context, place – two full days of inspiring sessions, historical site visits and keynote speakers all boxed up in the beautiful Bay of Islands and one of New Zealand’s most historic locations.

The conference will open with a pōwhiri at Te Whare Rūnanga at 4pm on Wednesday 13 May, followed by the Service IQ NZ Museum Awards that evening.

We are delighted to have Mihingarangi Forbes as our first keynote speaker of the conference. An investigative journalist and keen historian, Mihingarangi will set the scene for the opening day as she discusses her recent involvement as host of documentary NZ Wars – The Stories of Ruapekapeka.

Running across Wednesday 13 - Friday 15 May, the conference at Waitangi will be sandwiched by the Kāhui Kaitiaki gathering at Ngāwhā Marae on 11 & 12 May and the EMP Huakina at the University of Auckland on Saturday 16 May. 

Kāhui Kaitiaki’s pre-conference programme based at Ngāwhā Marae will be a mix of site visits and presentations by local whānau working on grass-roots initiatives within the heritage space. Look forward to field trips to the local Kawiti Glow Worm Caves, Ngāwhā hot springs and Ōhaeawai Pa, stimulating kōrero from entrepreneurial kaitiaki and continuing our strategic planning kaupapa. We start with a pōwhiri at 11am on Monday 11 May, with two nights noho, and close by 2pm on Wednesday 13 May. Facebook event page

This year the EMP (Emerging Museum Professionals) Huakina will take the form of an ‘unconference’. It will prioritise participation over presentation and will give participants a professional development opportunity that is interactive, interesting and relevant to their day-to-day museum work. The Huakina is at the University of Auckland, starting at 8.30am and ending around 3.45pm. The detailed programme will be revealed in February.

With so much to see but so little time to see it during conference, we are also offering the opportunity to experience Waitangi By Night and explore the museums, historic buildings and visitor centre after-hours without the crowds. As you move around the grounds, stop and have hāngi at the cafe, canapes in Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi and a barbeque near the Treaty House. Talk to the staff at the different locations and get to know the people behind the Treaty Grounds.

This years’ annual conference will be across venues at both the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, including Te Whare Rūnanga and the new museum opening in February that will commemorate the service and sacrifice of Māori in the NZ Armed Forces, and the Copthorne Hotel – all located within 10 minutes’ walk of each other.

We promise you good coffee, good people and great sessions that we hope will leave you inspired and invigorated.

The programme can be downloaded here (subject to change).

Read about all of our presenters here.

Accommodation: a block of rooms has been held at the Copthorne Bay of Islands, on the waterfront just next to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Bookings can be made before 13/04/2020 using this form or
book online: Select dates and number of guests > Advanced Search > enter Group Code: MA2020 > Book Now. Our special rates will display for you to book.

Check back here regularly for updates on programme, activities, guest speakers and much more.

Flights to Kerikeri are currently on sale from all main centres through Air New Zealand - be in quickly at these prices.

Registration is open until 3 May 2020. Sign up before 9 March to take advantage of our early-bird offer.

Registration fees:

Super Early Bird - MA Members only Full conference  31 January    $450
Early Bird - MA Member Full Conference9 March$490
Early Bird - Non-Member Full Conference9 March$590
Day rate - MA Member3 May$260
Day rate - Non-Member3 May$310
Student rate - full time students only3 May$260

Optional events:

Kahui Kaitiaki - Ngawha Marae, 11-13 May    $100
Powhiri & Awards 13 May (please register)NC
Directors' Dinner 13 May  tbc
Conference Dinner 14 May$100
EMP Huakina - Auckland 16 May$35