Otago Museum will host next year's national conference of
Museums Aotearoa, New Zealand's museum professional body.
Hosting the gathering marks a big change in stance by the
Otago Museum, which had previously not been a member of the
national organisation for some years, before rejoining last
year under new director Dr Ian Griffin.
The three-day conference will be held in April. Most of the
150 participants will come from outside Otago, including many
from the North Island.
''This is a fantastic opportunity for our museum to show what
we are doing, to our colleagues all over New Zealand,'' Dr
Because of the Otago Museum's upcoming turn as conference
host, a large delegation, involving six people, had attended
the recent Museums Aotearoa national conference in Napier.
This had given Otago Museum staff a chance to network with
colleagues, and to learn as much as possible about the way
the conference was run ''so we can do an even better job next
year'', he said.
Museum marketing and development director Caroline Cook said
Dunedin had ''fantastic''cultural institutions, including the
Otago Museum, Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and Dunedin Public
Staging the national conference would inject more visitor
spending into the Dunedin economy, and also further boost the
national profile of the Otago Museum and other Dunedin
cultural institutions, Ms Cook said.