On the Road in the North Island – June 2017

By Sally August, North Island Museum Development Adviser | Kaiwhanake Whare Taonga, National Services Te Paerangi

When I was last writing my On the Road diary we were closing off our grants round for the 2016/17 financial year, and now these are about to open again.

Museums, galleries, and iwi can again access funding opportunities from National Services Te Paerangi (NSTP) from 1 July – the start of our financial year on 1 July. Our grants could support your staff and volunteer training needs, or your museum or cultural centre development project.

Information and application forms for NSTP grant programmes are available on our website. Feel free to contact one of our team to talk through your application – a quick chat can ensure a good fit against funding criteria and a seamless process!

Find out more about NSTP grants


Just one of the ways that the Helping Hands Grant can help your museum, gallery, cultural centre, or marae – The Albertland Museum in Wellsford purchased numerous conservation boxes and document sleeves to begin phase-one of their re-house collections project. Lyn Johnston, Albertland committee member and volunteer extraordinaire

Professional development opportunities

Recently the Northland Museums Association (NMA), Packard Motor Museum, and I helped co-ordinate a cluster workshop in Northland. This training session was focused on Governance, Health and Safety. A special thanks to our expert presenters Henry Broughton, Sector Manager at the Office of the Auditor-General and Kevin Bly from Te Papa.

Governance, Health and Safety Workshop presented by Henry Broughton and Kevin Bly in partnership with the Northland Museums Association, Office of the Auditor-General, Packard Motor Museum and Te Papa National Services Te Paerangi

At present NSTP, NMA and the Kauri Museum are working towards another workshop at the end of July. This one will be focusing on the role of Māori in Museums. Attendees will come away understanding key Māori concepts and tikanga as they apply to NZ museum practice. This is an entry-level workshop, and is a must do for all volunteers and staff working in museums.

This workshop will also support ServiceIQ NZ Certificate in Museum Practice trainees who have yet to complete the obligatory unit standard 20545: Demonstrate Knowledge of the role of Maori in museums. Workshop attendees don’t have to be a ServiceIQ trainee, however, you may choose to become one once you have attended the workshop!

The Role of Māori in Museums workshop will be held on 27 – 28 July 2017, and is kindly hosted by the Kauri Museum in Matakohe, Northland. The first day is a full-day workshop, from 9am to 4pm. The second day is an opportunity for ServiceIQ trainees to complete a verbal assessment of this unit standard with a ServiceIQ assessor.

This workshop covers:

  • the responsibilities and obligations of museums in regards to the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Contemporary Māori social structures and concepts and how these impact on all museum practice
  • How Māori cultural customs can be woven into museum customer services
  • How Māori cultural customs need to be woven into collection services, processes and public programmes.

Register to attend the Role of Māori in Museums workshop

You may have also noticed we are running a Care and Management of Archives workshop in Auckland in August, which supports the ServiceIQ unit standard 27673: Demonstrate knowledge and practice of archives acquisition and processing for a museum. Day one of the workshop covers an introduction to records and archives, the different terminologies and legal requirements, the importance of policy, the appraisal process, and how to accession, arrange, describe, store and conserve archives.

We have had a huge response to this workshop and it is now fully booked. If you are interested in attending a Care and Management of Archives workshop, email us to register your interest

Find out more about the ServiceIQ New Zealand Certificate in Museum Practice

Travel subsidies to attend professional development opportunities

Are you keen to attend NSTP training opportunities or other museum and gallery professional development, but the cost of travel and accommodation is holding you back? You’ll want to know about the Travel Subsidy Grant.

The Travel Subsidy Grant subsidies travel expenses associated with museum or gallery training in New Zealand. It is an extremely simple grant application process, can provide up to $300 including GST towards flights, accommodation and car travel, and organisations can make up to three applications per financial year.

Read more about the Travel Subsidy Grant and apply now!

Highlights of my museum visits over recent months

We undertook an Expert Knowledge Exchange (EKE) recently with the dedicated team at the Wanganui Collegiate School Museum and Archive (WCS Museum), with the outstanding support of Vicki-Anne Heikell, (Field Conservator, Alexander Turnbull Library). This focused on WCS Museum documentary heritage collections, in particular their glass plate, film, audio-visual and VHS collections.

Following Vicki-Anne’s conservation assessment report and recommendations, Richard and Frances are working towards having these collections re-housed to best practice conservation standards and to have digital preservation master copies made of their audio-visual and VHS holdings. They will look at applying for a Helping Hands Grant to support this project.

Frances Gibbons, WCS Museum Archivist, Vicki-Anne Heikell, Field Conservator Alexander Turnbull Library, and Richard Bourne, WCS Museum Chair assessing the glass plate collections

Frances Gibbons, WCS Museum Archivist and Sally August, Museum Development Adviser North Island Kaiwhanake Whare Taonga reviewing the WCS Museum database and linked digital files. The lower resolution AV and VHS digital preservation copies will also be able to be linked to the growing WCS Museum database. Photo courtesy of  Richard Bourne

The end of May was jam packed with the Kahui Kaitiaki Hui, Museum Awards, and the Museums Aotearoa Conference, full of many highlights and celebrations for the sector. For those whom couldn’t attend the Museums Aotearoa conference, I would highly recommend you take the time to read my colleague Tamara Patten’s highlights from the conference on the NZ Museums blog.

Read Highlights from MA17: He Waka Eke Noa – Museums of Inclusion blog

Winner of the New Zealand Museum Award for Exhibition Excellence – Taonga Māori: Tairawhiti Museum for the Ko Rongowhakaata exhibition. Photograph by Tamara Patten

Some of the highlights for me were the New Zealand Museum Awards, numerous presentations and the Kahui Kaitiaki hui. Special mention has to go to Rongowhakaata and the Tairawhiti Museum and Gallery and Mokau Museum and Gallery for your awards – well deserved!

Winner of the New Zealand Museum Award for Museum Visitor Experience: Mokau Museum, “Save Mokau Museum”, congratulations to Jan Brown, Ian and Belinda Whittaker and the Museum team. Photograph by Tamara Patten

Check out the full list of winners at the ServiceIQ 2017 New Zealand Museum Awards

Kahui Kaitiaki hui 25-26 May 2017, Rangimarie Marae, Rangiotu near Palmerston North. Thank you to our kind and generous Rangitane and Te Manawa hosts, and for providing the space for our museum networks to share our mahi and perspectives in a safe and open environment!

Nga mihi nui, na

Sally August