Otago Museum has the most visitors of Dunedin's cultural
institutions, has the biggest collection and has had no funding
increase for four years, so it would be fairer for the Dunedin
City Council to redistribute the increases proposed for 2014-15
equally among Otago Museum, Toitu and Dunedin Public Art
Gallery, says museum director Ian Griffin.
At present, the council's draft 2014-15 annual plan proposes
the council increase its levy to the museum by 2%, to Toitu
by 3.3% and DPAG by 4.37%.
Dr Griffin told councillors yesterday the museum was
changing, there were exciting plans for the future and staff
had been working hard to ensure commercial opportunities were
increasingly offsetting costs.
It was also upgrading Discovery World and planned to
redevelop the Tangata Whenua gallery before 2018, so every
little bit affected their bottom line.
He also asked the council to consider a further increase in
the museum's levy to accommodate a recent increase in rates
payable by the Otago Museum from its cafe and gallery
businesses and whether they would consider allocating some
economic development funding for the museum's activities in
Shanghai, especially when it at present came at a direct cost
to the museum by taking resources away for the development of
the museum's galleries.
He assured councillors he was actively lobbying the
Government for funding.
Mayor Dave Cull said he would have the council's support for