EMPNZ: Huakina - Conference 2017

20-21 May 2017
Te Rangimarie Marae, Rangiotū (just outside Palmerston North)

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Join us this year for a 2 day EMPNZ retreat and cultural experience.

EMPNZ at the Museums Aotearoa Conference is now in its 4th year and this year we are trying something different. Inspired by our new closer relationship with the Kāhui Kaitiaki the 2017 EMP conference is being held on a marae and includes a noho. The theme of the conference is huakina (open) and relates to the wider MA conference theme of inclusion.

Invite your museum and gallery idol

As part of this intensive experience we will be inviting some aspiring future museum sector workers to come and connect with the EMPNZ group.

We will also be giving you the opportunity to connect with your selected museum sector senior role models. Nominate your museum role model, get to know them and learn from their wisdom.  

Our guests will be invited to participate in our full programme including the noho. Brush your teeth next to the director of your favourite museum!

Send your nominations to: empnz@museumsaotearoa.org.nz

Confirmed mentors who will be attending EMPNZ: Huakina include:

Sophie O'Brien, Exhibition & Collections Lead - Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Jennifer Storer, Deputy Director, Public Engagement Manager - Canterbury Museum

Others tbc

Programme highlights

Past EMPNZ events have felt rushed and very full so this year we have a 2 day programme.

The Saturday focusses on tikanga and cultural aspects of staying on a marae and includes a pōwhiri, marae history, whakawhanaungatanga, whare tapare and our EMP dinner. As EMPs it is essential to have knowledge of Māori culture and this understanding is incomplete without the experience of learning in a marae setting.

Sunday we will be exploring topics including career path, new models of leadership, cultural awareness, disability awareness, participatory workshops and our AGM to discuss the future direction and activities of EMPNZ.

Future Leadership Workshop

This workshop will be the focus point for the conference. In it we will explore the EMP vision for the future leadership of NZ museums. We will discuss the current situation, alternative (and inclusive) models of leadership, what we would like for our future and what we can do now to make that future happen.

Why should my Gallery or Museum send me?

Conference participants will:

  • Share an experience of marae tikanga and Māori culture that is essential for any museum and gallery worker in Aotearoa
  • Make and maintain connections with colleagues from around the country
  • Have an opportunity to reflect on their own career
  • Mentor next generation museum workers
  • Be mentored by museum sector role models
  • Increase their awareness of cultural issues
  • Increase their understanding hidden challenges of disabled museum visitors
  • Contribute to a vision for the future inclusive leadership of NZ museums
  • Have an opportunity to spend time with MA17 keynote Stella Duffy
  • Have input into the future of EMPNZ

Registration

The cost to attend the 2 day conference is $200 (incl gst). This includes:

  • Overnight marae accommodation
  • EMPNZ dinner (Saturday night)
  • Saturday afternoon tea, Sunday breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • All workshop costs
  • Transport to/from Palmerston North to the Marae (if needed)

Register today to make sure you get the Early-bird rate. We hope to see many of you there.

Please contact talei@museumsaotearoa.org.nz if you have any questions about the EMPNZ conference.

Programme
 
Saturday

1pmArrival
1.30pmPōwhiri
3pmAfternoon Tea
3:30Tangata Whenua
4:30Whakawhanaungatanga (Getting to know one another)
6pmDinner
7:30pmWhare Tapare

 
Sunday

7:30amBreakfast
8:30amIntro to day 2
8:45amFocus Groups (please register)
9:30amIdol Chat
10:15amMorning Tea
10:30amFuture Leadership Workshop
12:30pmLunch
1:30pmEMPNZ AGM
2:30 pmSpecial Interest Workshops (please register)
4:30 -5pmFinish

 

Focus Groups and Workshops

On Sunday there are 2 sessions that require you to make a choice.
Click here to register for these sessions

Focus group options include:

  1. Working Parents' Discussion Group
    An opportunity for EMPs who are either parents already, or are possibly planning to be, to get together and have a chat about juggling that notorious balance of career vs family - what does it mean to be a working parent within the museum sector? Through sharing our experiences, it is hoped that we will form a greater understanding of how well our sector accommodates parents with young children - from pregnancy, through parental leave and beyond - and where there is potential room for improvement.

  2. Natural Science Ethics
    For science-oriented EMPs

  3. EMPNZ - Art Galleries
    This is an opportunity for those EMPs who work in galleries to gather and discuss issues particular to these instutuitions.

  4. Introduction to Deaf Awareness
    Museums miss many opportunities to connect with their local Deaf communities, so how can we make this better? This session will look at the unique needs and attitudes of New Zealand’s Deaf community, and encourage you to think about how we, as museum workers, can do better to connect with this audience. Presented By Juliet Thomas, a Hearing Impaired EMP from Te Manawa.

Workshop options include:

  1. Fun Palaces with Stella Duffy

    THE FUN PALACES MANIFESTO

    WE BELIEVE IN THE GENIUS IN EVERYONE, IN EVERYONE AN ARTIST AND EVERYONE A SCIENTIST, AND THAT CREATIVITY IN COMMUNITY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER.
    WE BELIEVE WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER, LOCALLY, WITH RADICAL FUN – AND THAT ANYONE, ANYWHERE, CAN MAKE A FUN PALACE.

    Fun Palaces is both a movement campaigning for culture by, for and with all – with a firm belief that community belongs at the core of all culture – and an annual weekend of events, where arts, crafts, science, tech and digital are a catalyst for community engagement and full participation for everyone, from the grassroots up.

    Fun Palaces co-founder Stella Duffy will lead a workshop which will explain the concept, explore why and how you can throw open the doors of your buildings and organisations, and welcome your local community to take part in your current plans and future dreams – and theirs. This workshop includes a hands-on session so people can connect with each other, get an idea of what making a Fun Palace entails and how it can work for them.

  2. Mauri Peace Flags with Ron Te Kawa

    Local Fabric Artist Ron Te Kawa will lead this fun and creative session to create flags inspired by our weekend's discussions. Ron will also be doing a Puppet Show to set the scene for our weekend,

    Ron says:"Its about bringing the energy that you want into your environment .  I use them to keep me in Te Whare Pora (a place of peace ) which is all explained n the puppet show . We will use basic fabric stenciling , and applique to create a Mauri peace Flag .
    https://rontekawa.wordpress.com/author/rontekawa/

    Sewing Machines

    For Ron Te Kawa's peace flag session we need sewing machines. If you have one you can bring along, please do. The more machines we have the better the session will be. Please let Talei know if you have one you can bring along.

Click here to register for these sessions

What to expect at Te Rangimarie Marae

Our Te Rangimarie hosts and EMPNZ Kaitiaki representatives have prepared this helpful guide to your marae experience.

File empnz-_noho_guide.docx

Please read it thoroughly and learn these waiata:

Some key points:

  • Assemble outside the Marae at 1pm Saturday 20 May
  • Bring a sleeping bag and pillow
  • Before the pōwhiri we will circulate an envelope for you to put a note in for the koha. This koha will reflect our mana as EMPs and our gratitude to our hosts.

Here is a map of all the MA17 conference venues including where to find the marae. If you require a pick up from Palmerston North please email talei@museumsaotearoa.org.nz.