The year ahead

After another great year in 2018 there’s still lots to do in the year ahead and, coming back from the holiday break, I’m hoping to hit the ground running to ensure 2019 is even better. We plan to provide a variety of fun, light, challenging and interesting exhibitions, including one looking at cloaks in the collection and another sharing the taonga Maori treasures we hold – taonga connected with significant events, people or moments in time. We’ll be showing paintings and silverware from the collection, and working on an interactive exhibition targeted at our younger audience. There’ll be other displays and exhibitions throughout the year as well but these give a taste of what’s to come.

Other plans include continuing to develop our retail space and offering, getting more of the collection online, and focusing on public programmes for the year ahead. Our aim is to ensure there’s something relevant happening at the museum on a regular basis and always lots to get involved with. We’ll continue to hold the New Zealand International Film Festival in the Century Theatre, and participate in both the Art Deco Festival and the Arts Festival, including supporting White Night, which we hope is now a permanent feature of the Arts Festival.

This year marks the 250th anniversary of two cultures meeting for the first time here in Aotearoa. A subject that’s far more complex that it may seem on the surface. The arrival of Cook in New Zealand was not without trauma and bloodshed and the long-lasting impacts of the arrival of Europeans and many broken promises can still be felt today. We’re working on our plans for what we’ll do to mark this anniversary.

I’m hoping to get out and about in the region more this year, to touch base and better understand what you want from your museum. As I’m coming up to my 4th anniversary at MTG Hawke’s Bay I’m aware of just how much work the team have put in during that time and just how much the museum has changed.

We’ve an amazing team of people at the museum and they continue to impress every day with their passion, dedication, professionalism and commitment to quality. From our educators, to the collections team, those who manage the building, our fabulous Customer Service staff, events, retail, Curators and exhibition team – it would seem there’s nothing this group cannot do and I feel incredibly lucky to be working with them.

Whatever the year brings there’ll always be plenty going on at the museum – exhibitions to explore, events in the theatre, and programmes and activities in the building – we hope to see you and your family enjoying your museum throughout the year.

  • Twilight Art Class, enjoy classes in the gallery exploring various mediums used by the Webb family throughout their journeys. This session focuses on watercolour. Tuesday 8 January, 6-8pm. $35 per class ($30 for friends of MTG). Please register to secure a place 06 835 7781.
  • Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation – NZ Singing School Classics, 11 January, 7.30pm in the Century Theatre. Tickets available through Ticketek – ticketek.co.nz

Laura Vodanovich – Director, MTG
Published in the Hawke’s Bay Today, 5 January 2019

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