Museums Aotearoa Regional Forum(s)

We are inviting our members - and prospective members - to get together in a series of meetings around the country in late 2013.  We are keen to encourage and support regional networks, and to hear from you about current plans and priorities.
Museums Aotearoa is a membership organisation – our main purposes are advocacy on behalf of the museum and gallery sector, and support of the sector through networks, professional development, research and publications. In order to do this effectively, we need our members' input, and we are holding these meetings so you can tell us your needs, and we can share and develop our ideas and plans.
The forums are open to anyone who is working in or with a public art gallery or museum - staff, volunteers and board/committee members – all are welcome, whether or not your organisation is a member of Museums Aotearoa.

Forums:

All forums will start with morning/afternoon tea or a light lunch followed by some short presentations and an informal networking/workshop session.

Auckland
23 September, 3-5pm
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Special presentations: Thérèse Angelo will outline the Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre, and Jane Legget will talk about ICOM and International Networks.

Nelson

9 October, 3-5pm
The Suter Art Gallery
Special presentations: Kamaya Crawford on government policy and support, and Brett Mason on Wellington Museums Trust as a collective model.

Whanganui (CANCELLED due to road closure)
16 October, 11am-2pm
Whanganui Regional Museum

Wellington
18 October, 1-3:30pm
Museum of Wellington City and Sea - Todd Foundation Room

Palmerston North (in association with the Middle Earth Curator's Hui 22-23 Oct)
23 October, 3-5pm
Te Manawa

Invercargill
24 October, 3-5pm
Southland Museum and Art Gallery

Dunedin
25 October, 10am-12noon
Toitū Otago Settlers Museum
This forum will be the morning before the ICOM NZ conference lunch/keynote.

Dargaville (in association with Northland Museums Association)
1 November, 9.30am-4.45pm
Dargaville Museum
Special presentations: Eric Dorfman - museum ethics; Honiana Love - Protected Objects Act

New Plymouth (in association with Taranaki Regional Museums and Galleries Meeting)
13 November, 10am-1.30pm
Puke Ariki

Te Awamutu (in association with Waikato museums group meeting)
14 November, 9.30am-1.30pm
Te Awamutu Museum

We are planning to hold meetings in Rotorua, Whanganui and Timaru in the new year.

RSVP to mail@museumsaotearoa.org.nz (make sure you let us know which forum you will be attending).
For more information contact the MA office by email or tel 04 499 1313