Sally August

Sally's on-the-road diary - March 2013 

Ngā mihi o te Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa

I hope everyone has had a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday and that you are all gearing up for a great year ahead. 

Over the last couple of months I’ve visited some of the wonderful museum and gallery staff and volunteers in the Whanganui, Auckland, Northland, and Wellington regions. 

Before Christmas, about 30 museum and gallery staff attended the North Island Middle Earth Curators’ Hui. Whanganui Regional Museum partnered with National Services Te Paerangi to run this two-day workshop, from 20–21 November 2012. The theme of the hui was curatorial research. This provided a great opportunity for small and regional museum staff from the Whanganui, Manawatu, Taranaki, and East Coast regions to discuss ideas and issues, and to identify future opportunities for further curatorial support and training across the museum and gallery sector. 

Whanganui Regional Museum 

Whanganui Regional Museum

Middle Earth Curators Hui

Group discussion at the Middle Earth Curators’ Hui

Keynote speakers included Dr Brownyn Labrum, Jody Wylie, Puawai Cairns, Pamela Lovis, and Michelle Horwood. They spoke on topics such as writing history through objects, research and participation, innovative research and the Kahu Ora exhibition at Te Papa, and transformative relationships between the Pitt Rivers Museum and Ngā Paerangi hapu, Whanganui. 

It had been a number of years since the last hui for regional and small museums in the NorthIsland. The hui was well received and it is now anticipated that these hui will continue regularly. NSTP is looking forward to working with this passionate group and many others as we progress into the New Year.

Victoria Jody and Jana

Victoria Esson (Acting General Manager, NSTP) had presented attendance grants to Jody Wylie (Research and Taonga Maori, Te Whare Taonga o Te Tairawhiti) andJana Uhilirova (Curator / Manager, Central Hawke’s BaySettlersMuseum). These grants allowed them to attend the hui.

Two NEW National Services Te Paerangi grants

In addition to the Strategic Project Grant and Helping Hands Grant, which you may already be familiar with, NSTP is offering two more funding opportunities for museums, galleries, and iwi organisations – the Travel Subsidy Grant and the Professional Development Grant.

  • The Travel Subsidy Grant can help you and your organisation to subsidise travelling expenses associated with training opportunities.  This grant is perfect for volunteers and staff who wish to attend a training workshop or hui within New Zealand.
  • The Professional Development Grant assists individuals from museums, galleries, and iwi groups in accessing specialised museum training programmes.  These may be within New Zealand or overseas, but they must deliver long-term benefits for the individual and your organisation or iwi group. The grant can cover travel costs and/or registration fees.

NSTP welcomes applications from non-profit organisations of ALL sizes and stages of development for both of these NEW grants.

Find out more or apply for one of our grants.

Please feel free to contact me or one of the NSTP team if you have ANY questions about our grants programme or if you would like to discuss how your plans might fit within our funding criteria.

Sally August, Museum Development Officer – North Island | (029) 601 0370

On the Road in Whanganui & Northland

Whanganui Riverboat Centre Museum               

Whanganui River Boat Centre Museum


Stepping back in time on the Waimarie

The Whanganui River Boat Centre Museum has paddle steamers and related river collections that are an iconic feature of this region. The museum has a newish Director, Grant Collie, on board. Grant and his team have some outstanding projects on the boil. It will be exciting to see and hear more as these projects progress. I’d like to thank Grant, John, and the team for their time and for the historical adventure on the paddle steamer Waimarie.

Read about the paddle steamer Waimarie and the Riverboat Centre online.

Northland Medical Museum

Northland Medical Museum 

Dr. John Swinney - outside the entrance to the newish Northland Medical Museum

Founder and curator of the Northland Medical Museum, John Swinney, is a retired anaesthetist from Whangarei Hospital.  The Northland Medical Museum was once located in Hospital Rd, Whangarei. However, in the last year or so, it has relocated to become part of the Kiwi North Heritage Park complex. Moving a collection and setting up a new museum and display is no mean feat. I’d like to congratulate John and the team of volunteers for this achievement.

Read more about the museum online.

This Northland Medical Museum Trust holds a focused and well-managed collection that the Whangarei community can be proud of. The museum houses a comprehensive range of medical collections, memorabilia, and literature.  The museum has thousands of medical objects, including John Swinney's original collection. However, it is always on the look out for additional medical implements, old and new, and healthcare memorabilia to expand its thematic displays and to fill the odd gap in its collection holdings.

Cottage Hospital

Medical Museum display                    

The old Cottage Hospital featuring themed displays associated with Whangarei medical histories

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I’m looking forward to working with more of our museum and gallery colleagues at your place.

Ngā mihi nui, nā
Sally August