Monday 22 May - detailed programme

Please note:
  • This programme may be subject to change
  • All events are at the Palmerston North Conference & 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.
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
Stella Duffy will talk about her thirty-five year career in the arts, culminating in founding and co-directing Fun Palaces, a campaign for culture as the heart of every community, and a passionate belief in everyone an artist, everyone a scientist, and the genius in everyone.
"For decades now, we have talked about making culture accessible FOR all. Which is fine as far as it goes - except that it doesn't go anywhere near far enough. If we genuinely want culture to be accessible for all, then we - the culture-makers - need to get out of the way, stop thinking we have the answers, and start trusting the people to create culture BY, FOR and WITH all. We need to hand it over." - Stella Duffy
12:00pm   Arts Access Aotearoa Panel - Diversity and disability: Including who? Including how?
Chair: Richard Benge - Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa
  • Claire Noble - Arts for All Network Co-ordinator, Arts Access Aotearoa
  • Rachel Ingram - Learning and Programmes Manager, Experience Wellington
  • Robyn Hunt - Accessibility Consultant and Director, AccEase
  • Judith Jones - Visitor Host, Te Papa

1.1 million people (24%) in New Zealand live with a disability that impacts their daily lives and 53% of these have more than one disability (Census and disability survey 2013). The challenge for museums is to be inclusive of all people (visitors, participants or staff). The panelists will highlight examples in the museum sector that are making a difference; set challenges for the future; and explain how a national network that champions diversity and accessibility can support your museum to be inclusive

1:00pm      Lunch
2:00pm     Monday Afternoon 1 - 3 parallel sessions
(Curators of Tertiary Collections will meet at this time, contact Linda Tyler)
1. Community takeover – making the museum ours
Venue: Seminar Room
Case Studies: works in progress
Chair: Courtney Johnston - Director, The Dowse Art Museum

Building a real sense of ownership will be the focus of this session. Courtney will share successes and challenges from the ground-breaking community collaborations at the Dowse Art Museum and the Petone Settlers Museum in Lower Hutt, while Natali, Anna and Neil will present work they have been involved with locally as part of Te Manawa's bid for a 'community take-over'.

People Power, Puppet Power
Natali Rojas - Community Event Manager
Anna Bailey - Stringbean Puppets
Natali will present aspects of Te Manawa's mission for a community takeover of Palmerston North's museum, art gallery and science centre. Working with different groups in the community, Natali and her colleagues developed engaging programmes driven by different cultural and ability groups, with artists and makers playing key roles in encouraging individuals, friends and families to express their creativity in dynamic new ways and build a sustained sense of ownership of Te Manawa. Anna worked with Natali to generate new experiences for Latin American residents of the Manawatu, using puppetry to interpret Frida Kahlo's life and works.
Community Bridge Building
Neil Wallace - Creative Director Passionart New Zealand Inc.
Neil has worked with Te Manawa for many years both brokering and delivering community engagement projects for the people of Palmerston North. He will share his experiences - the best ones and the ones where things could have gone better - of events where the museums and various communities came together to strengthen their already positive relationships and make the museum theirs.
2. Wāwāhi Ara - iwi and museums - charting new research pathways
Venue: Elwood Room
  •  David Reeves – Director Research and Collections, Tāmaki Paenga Hira – Auckland Museum
  • Sheridan Waitai – Trust Board Member, Ngāti Kuri
  • Dr Peter Bellingham – Senior Researcher, Manaaki Whenua
  • Nicola Railton – Manager Māori Development, Tāmaki Paenga Hira – Auckland Museum
Nau te raurau, nāku te raurau, ka ora ai te iwi. | With your basket and my basket, the people will thrive.
The title of this presentation is a metaphor for connecting the knowledge, collections and aspirations held by communities and Museums to create new, mutually beneficial pathways and outcomes.  Ngāti Kuri has a unique environment alongside significant challenges to maintain their iwi identity and retain authority and protection for their resources.  Ngāti Kuri was a key claimant in the WAI 262 claim, relating to Māori intellectual property, and completed their own Treaty Settlement in 2015.  They have identified Tāmaki Paenga Hira – Auckland Museum as a partner that can help achieve their vision to be self-sufficient, strong and thriving.
3. Outsiders working on the inside and youth inclusion in museums (workshop)
Venue: The Gallery
Chair: Michell Sims - Community Manager, Air Force Museum of New Zealand
  • Holly Grover - Digital Experience Producer, Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Gerrie Toko-Mikahere - Conservation Technician, Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Amiria Puia-Taylor, the People Weaver; artist and founder of Painting for the People, recently Youth Outreach Programmer, Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Elspeth Carroll - AWMM Youth Advisory Group (via video)
  • Elja Murphy - AWMM Youth Advisory Group (via video)
  • Plus other video guests

This will be a two-part interactive session which combines live and recorded provocations with creative, design thinking exercises to get us all talking. First up, we bring in the perspectives of those new to sector. What was it like to start? What do fresh eyes from other industries see in the way Museums work? And then - how could you include different ways of thinking and doing in your own practice?

Next, we talk about reaching and including younger generations, a group often underrepresented in visitor statistics. But how can Museums compete in this highly connected ‘attention economy’? How can we truly bring the next generation into Museums? We could start by reframing the question: how might younger generations - Y & Z - include Museums in their lives?
You’ll need pen, paper, and a bit of empathy and imagination!
3:30pm      Break
(Touring Exhibitions Network NZ TENNZ will meet at this time, contact Neil Phillips)
4:00pm     Monday Afternoon 2 - 3 parallel sessions
1. Pasifika perspectives on inclusion - within the museum and with the community
Venue: Elwood Room
Case Studies: Challenges
Panel members will discuss challenges identified by Pasifika as staff within the museum and art gallery environment and present examples of working with Pasifika communities and strategies for more inclusive practice within and beyond the museum walls.
Chair: Marilyn Kohlhase, Pacific Advisor, Museums Aotearoa Board
  • Sean Mallon - Senior Curator, Pacific Cultures, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa 
  • Vasiti Palavi - Senior Collection Manager, Natural History, Auckland War Memorial Museum 
  • Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi - Outreach Programmer, Auckland Art Gallery
  • Respondent: Reuben Friend - Director, Paataka
2. Creating powerful school visits (for all) - (Workshop)
Venue: Seminar Room
How do we avoid school visits that are a mile wide and an inch deep? ‘So What? Now What?’ is a participatory workshop that recognizes the power of learner-centric visits and explores how we can support our youngest citizens to become agents for change as they move between schools and cultural institutions.
Our research shows that school visits to cultural institutions often founder at the level of gathering of facts and information, rather than elevating learning to a conceptual level, or yet further – to a place where students and their educators feel comfortable exploring connections and questioning narratives, or further still – to engaging students as critical, active citizens in response to the learning: the ‘So what?’, ‘Now what?’ space.
Chair: Mark Hayes, Education Officer, National Army Museum
Workshop leaders:
  • Sarah Rushholme - Director, Children & Young People, Experience Wellington
  • Andrea Milligan - Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Victoria University

Limit: 30 people.

3. Museums and tikanga - Ngaa whare taonga me te tikanga Maori
Venue: The Gallery
Speakers will present scenarios as a means to build greater understanding of tikanga and increase the comfort of Maori and non-Maori
Chair: Dion Peta - Te Rarawa, Ngati Te Ata Waiohua, Head of Collection Care, Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Dr. Wayne Ngata - Head of Matauranga Māori, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Henare Kani - Strategic Partnerships Advisor, Te Manawa, Museum of Art Science and History
  • Rachel Wesley - Curator-Maori, Otago Museum
The dimensions of Tikanga Maori are broad and confined – exciting and challenging – there are infinite opportunities and whanau, hapū and iwi can provide many pathways to develop and contribute our sector. Mauri ora!

Speakers will present scenarios as a means to build greater understanding of tikanga and increase the comfort of Maori and non-Maori

5:30pm      Finish

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

Who labels who? With MCs RubyDax & RexEverything.
Image shows MCs RubyDax & RexEverything on stage in front of a brightly coloured background.
Philip Patston is the Managing Director of Diversity New Zealand Ltd. Founded in September 2001, Diversity New Zealand offers a deep and leading understanding of diversity, complexity, uncertainty and change, infused with fun and laughter.

Philip's diverse professional career combines with his somewhat paradoxical life experience as a gay, Caucasian man with unique function (disability), which is the foundation for Diversity New Zealand's leading work.

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