• Please note that this programme may be subject to change.
  • All events are at the Palmerston North Convention and Function Centre, unless otherwise stated.
  • All keynote sessions will be in the Elwood Room.
  • Lunches and tea-breaks will be served in the Conference Room.


Monday 22 May

8:00am      Registration Opens

8:45am      Gather for Pōwhiri

9:00am     Pōwhiri

10:00am    Kapu ti break

10:30am   Te Rangimarie presentation

11:15am   Keynote Speaker - Stella Duffy: Opening the doors, tearing down the walls, getting out of the way

12:00pm   Arts Access Aotearoa Panel - Diversity and disability: Including who? Including how?

1:00pm      Lunch

2:00pm     Monday Afternoon 1 - 3 parallel sessions

1.  Community takeover – making the museum ours
     Venue: Seminar Room

2.  Wāwāhi Ara - iwi and museums - charting new research pathways
     Venue: Elwood Room

3.  Outsiders working on the inside and youth inclusion in museums (workshop)
     Venue: The Gallery

3:30pm      Break

4:00pm     Monday Afternoon 2 - 3 parallel sessions

1.  Pasifika perspectives on inclusion
     Venue: Elwood Room

2.  Creating powerful school visits (for all)
     Venue: Seminar Room

3.  Museums and tikanga
     Venue: The Gallery

5:30pm      Finish

6:00pm     Inclusive party with Philip Patston at Te Manawa (included in rego)

7:00pm     Food truck dinners in Te Manawa courtyard (delegates to pay for own)

Tuesday 23 May

7:45am    ICOM NZ working breakfast  for ICOM members

9:00am    Keynote Speaker: Glenn Iseger-Pilkington 

10:00am   Break

10:30am  Tuesday Morning - 4 parallel sessions

1.  Pacific collections – inclusive practice
     Venue: Seminar Room

2.  Kids as curators - at school and at the museum
     Venue: Elwood Room

3.  The Quiet Karakia - Aspirations for inclusive museums and galleries
     Venue: Te Manawa - Heritage

4.  Disability, diversity and Museums of Inclusion – how do we ready ourselves for the future?
     Venue: The Gallery


12:00pm   Lunch

1:00pm    Tuesday Afternoon 1 – 3 site visits & 3 parallel sessions

Site visits – note that these options take all afternoon

1.  Missing voices, military voices? Visit to Linton Camp Army Engineering Museum
2.  Revitalising Karaka Grove - Visit to Massey Campus
3.  Art residencies and community engagement - Visit to Whanganui Sarjeant

Parallel Sessions

1.  Introduction to autism
     Venue: Seminar Room

2.  “Other voices” – untold stories
     Venue: The Gallery
3.  All in together – creating a new museum
     Venue: Elwood Room

2:30pm     Break

3:00pm    Tuesday Afternoon 2 – 3 site visits continue & 3 parallel sessions

Site visits – continue

Parallel Sessions

1.  All aboard the waka – pitopito korero
     Venue: Elwood Room

2.  I say what I see – audio describing
     Venue: Te Manawa - Gallery 5

3.  Unconfined! Community and the Justice System
     Venue: Seminar Room

4:15pm    End of sessions

5:00pm   MA AGM in the Seminar Room

6:15pm   MA Awards Ceremony in the Elwood Room (included in registration)

8:00pm   Conference Dinner in the Conference Room (please register at extra cost)


Wednesday 24 May

9:00am    Wednesday Morning 1 – 4 parallel sessions

1.  Imagining an inclusive Māori Museum
     Venue: Elwood Room
2.  Making visitors welcome, addressing invisible challenges - A panel discussion on dementia, Deaf community, chronic pain, and autism.
     Venue: Seminar Room
3.  Being Chinese in and around New Zealand museums
     Venue: Meeting Room

4.  Working for all the community – art and inclusive practice
     Venue: The Gallery

10:30am    Break

11:00am   Wednesday Morning 2 – 4 parallel sessions

1.  Inviting in – positive staff attitudes
     Venue: The Gallery

2.  From the door to the table - reimagining accessibility
     Venue: Meeting Room

3.  Reaching in and reaching out – getting to Te Papa – Mauri whenua
     Venue: Elwood Room

4.  Including Sexuality and Gender Diversity
     Venue: Seminar Room

12:30pm    Lunch

1:30pm     Afternoon 1 – 4 parallel sessions

1.  Paths to Accessibility: practical strategies to include access citizens in your museum
     Venue: Te Manawa

2.  Working with communities: Checking the museum's authority at the door
     Venue: The Gallery

3.  Interdiciplinary inclusion – mātauranga Māori
     Venue: Seminar Room

4.  Better work stories – pitopito korero
     Venue: Elwood Room

3:00pm      Break

3:30pm     Wrap up debate

4:10pm     Finale panel

4:30pm     Poroporoaki


This programme is accessibility-friendly, in accordance with the Print and Publication Guidelines from Arts Access Aotearoa.


Visual Programme