Selecon Supports Museums Aotearoa Awards

08 April 2008,

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Museums Aotearoa will present three awards for excellence at its 2008 annual conference in Dunedin on the 10th April, 2008.

‘The awards are open to Museums Aotearoa’s individual and museum members to celebrate the best of our sector achievements,’ says Executive Director, Phillipa Tocker.

‘We have established these awards because we want to congratulate and publically recognise the best of the many quiet achievements undertaken by our members. Every day, excellent work and creativity goes on behind the scenes in our museums, public art galleries, science centres and historical societies. Our incredibly skilled and resourceful members are responsible for delivering many outstanding exhibitions, programmes, technological innovations and more, to our local and wider communities. We want to highlight these achievements at our annual professional conference and publicly acknowledge the individuals and organisations who contribute so much to New Zealand’s museums and galleries,’ Ms Tocker said.

Finalists for the individual achievement award are Betty Nelley, Collections Manager, at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe; Margaret Cranwell, Exhibitions Manager at Hawkes Bay Cultural Trust, Napier; and Jim Geddes, Head of Arts and Heritage at Gore District Council. Finalists for the innovation and exhibition/visitor achievement awards are the Waiuku Museum Society; Christchurch Art Gallery; Pearson & Associates Architects of Auckland; the Museum of Wellington; and Whanganui Regional Museum.

‘A lot of work has gone into making the awards a success. Museums Aotearoa is particularly grateful for contributions from the panel of selectors and to performance lighting company Selecon NZ Ltd, for its financial support to launch the awards programme,’ Ms Tocker said.  

Museums Aotearoa ~ Te Tari o Nga Whare Taonga o te Motu is New Zealand's independent professional organisation for museums and those who work in or have an interest in museums. Members include museums, public art galleries, historical societies, science centres, people who work in these institutions, and people connected or associated with arts, culture and heritage in New Zealand.

More information is at: www.museums-aotearoa.org.nz