Continued pressure on Otago Museum resources, and some
disruption arising from staff changes, are reflected within a
positive overall performance by the museum, a just-released
The museum's statement of service performance for the
financial year ending on July 1 noted that goals had been
achieved in 56 out of 62 (90%) of a wide range of performance
That successful outcome involved many areas of activity,
including in its more than 460,000 visitors, up from a
Another goal was to add further correct entries to the
museum's collection management system, lifting that total to
400,000 (428,049 achieved).
The museum also met its goal to develop and run two
significant community-oriented events, with The Big Get
Together and the Animal Attic Carnival organised.
And 6884 school pupils had taken part in formal education
programmes. The target was 4700.
But the museum did not fully meet some objectives, including
to attach 10,000 radio frequency identification device tags
to artefacts to strengthen management control (8218 tags
The museum had also aimed to process 9000 items through the
continuing audit of the collection (5761 items completed).
Progress with both measures had been delayed, partly because
some audit staff had left, and time was needed to recruit
Staff had also faced ''competing priorities'' over other
goals, the report noted.
A ''performance planning programme'' for all full and
part-time staff had been planned, involving a formal annual
Members of the museum management team had not been reviewed
because of the ''extended period with no chief executive''
after the resignation last year of former museum chief
executive Shimrath Paul.
Until new museum director Dr Ian Griffin began his duties in
May, the museum management team had ''collectively acted as
the chief executive'', the report noted.
The Otago Museum Trust Board has long acknowledged heavy
pressures, including rising costs, faced by the museum, and
funding from the Dunedin City Council has not increased for
three consecutive financial years.
Museum visitor experience manager Caroline Cook said the
museum had performed very strongly overall, and also
performed well in a few areas where goals were not fully