On the Road in the North Island – September 2018

By Sally August, North Island Museum Development Adviser | Kaiwhanake Whare Taonga

Over the last few months I have visited many wonderful museums and archives and attended a number of events being run around the motu and as I sit down to write this post I have an eye on many more opportunities coming up around the North Island. 

Te Ara Pourewa Museum and Heritage Studies class of 2018 with Programme Lecturer/Coordinator Dr Michelle Horwood during their recent preservation of archives full day workshop with Vicki-Anne Heikell, Field Conservator National Preservation Office, National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa and myself. Photographer Sally August, Te Papa

A little while ago I attended the Tairawhiti Regional NDF hui hosted Dudley Meadows and the Tairawhiti Museum team. This was an outstanding opportunity to catch-up with and meet many new faces in the GLAM, IT and cultural heritage sectors, including museums, libraries, archives, galleries, councils, schools and education centres such as Mind Lab, music venues like the iconic Smash Palace, Tairawhiti TV, Toihoukura, iwi, hapu and marae repositories. 

It turned into a jam packed day with people sharing ideas, exploring various possibilities and seeing firsthand what some digital tools can do. Discussions were raised throughout the day regarding legal, cultural and ethical considerations such as how much digital access, to what, by whom, when, why and how, as just some of the aspects being balanced.

Regional NDF hui hosted by Dudley Meadows, Photographic Curator and the Tairāwhiti Museum team. Photographer Sally August, Te Papa

In the afternoon we got the opportunity to breakout into teams and discuss different kaupapa, pose possible solutions and problem solve collectively. Keynote speakers Shannon Dowsing, Gisborne District Council Councillor and digital wiz and the industrious Hera Ngata-Gibson shared important perspectives primarily focused on the things that connect us, and how the digital world can be used and developed to enable and empower communities, fostering connections with each other, the wider world, and our taonga near and far.

Full house at the Tairawhiti Discovery Centre, with over 40 people sharing their digital knowledge and experiences at Regional NDF hui. Photographer Sally August, Te Papa

Following the Tairawhiti NDF hui, the ropu shared some links, which may help with your digital journey:

  • National Digital Forum and the upcoming National NDF Conference 2018  – a digital conference for the gallery, library, archives and museums sector being held on 20-21 Nov 2018 at Te Papa, Wellington.
  • Digital NZ – combined search portal and make it digital online resources
  • Sketchfab – example of high-quality 3D models including historic buildings, taonga Maori toki, and much more.
  • TRNIO – 3D app for iphone
  • Qlone – 3D app for iphone and Android
  • Raranga Matihiko | Weaving digital futures – education programme partnership that delivers innovative digital technologies to those with limited digital learning opportunities
Care and Management of Archives workshop hosted by Fiona Mohr and the Waipu Museum team. Photographer Sally August, Te Papa

I recently attended the recent Service IQ and National Services Te Paerangi Care and Management of Archives workshop presented by Hannah Bremner, Te Papa Collection Information Manager / Collections Data Lead and hosted by the Waipu Museum. A huge thank you must go to Fiona Mohr, Waipu Museum Manager and her dedicated team of staff and volunteers for organising this superb event and host more than 20 workshop attendees.

It was a wonderful day that enabled many old and new networks to be fostered, alongside some key learning about archives in museums. If you’re interested in this topic, I’d highly recommend reading our blog post on this topic.

Read Identifying and collecting archives in a museum on the NZ Museums blog

The picturesque Cambridge Museum.  Photographer Sally August, Te Papa

I also spent a lovely day in Cambridge discussing future development plans and projects with Grant Middlemiss (Cambridge Museum President), Kathryn Parsons (Museum Manager), Bruce Hancock (Treasurer) and Irene Cooper (Cambridge Museum Vice-President).

Cambridge Museum staff Grant Middlemiss (Cambridge Museum President), Kathryn Parsons (Museum Manager), and Bruce Hancock (Treasurer).  Photographer Sally August, Te Papa

I’m looking forward to some great professional development opportunities coming up before the end of the year, including:

2018 NZ Conservator of Cultural Material (NZCCM) Conference: Living Heritage: Materials, Methods and Context (24 – 26 October in Auckland)

Find out more on the NZCCM website

Middle North Island Curators’ Hui: Living Heritage: Materials, Methods and Context (25 and 26 October at Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua)

More information will be out shortly, but in the meantime, mark your calendar and submit your papers to Kawika Aipa, Manager Public Outreach & Education, Pātaka Art + Museum

ICR and ICTOP Conference: Facing the New Political Realities: Rethinking Training for Regional Museums (5 – 9 November in Auckland, Waiouru and Wellington)

Check out the programme, including an optional pre-conference tour to the Bay of Islands and Northland

Special single day rates for the New Zealand museums and galleries sector are available through ICOM Aotearoa New Zealand.

Find out more and register to attend

Te Papa’s Museum Sector Events calendar is regularly updated with professional development opportunities and these are also listed in our monthly e-newsletter, so keep an eye out for other conferences, events and workshops you could be tapping into.

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For all museum, gallery, iwi / hapu and care or taonga and museum development queries please feel free to reach out to one of our team via our freephone helpline 0508 NSTP HELP (0508 678 743) or email natserv@tepapa.govt.nz.

The team and I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at some of these upcoming events.

Nga mihi, na

Sally August
Kaiwhanake Whare Taonga – North Island Museum Development Advisor

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