2018 Programme

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Programme at a Glance:

Day Zero – Sunday 4th November – Auckland
ICR/ICTOP board meetings
Registration at first conference venue
Evening informal dinner (optional, at local restaurant)

Conference Day One – Monday 5th November – Auckland
Morning – Welcome to NZ
Welcomes from ICR/ICTOP chairs & from NZ (Maori welcome)
Morning 1A – Keynote speaker
Break (Lunch)
Afternoon 1B – Chaired session Theme 1 (Various speakers)
Break (Tea/coffee)
Afternoon 1C – Chaired session Theme 2 (Various speakers)
Evening Welcome reception at a museum/art gallery in Auckland (opportunity to meet staff and view exhibitions etc.)

Conference Day Two – Tuesday 6th November – Auckland
Morning 2A – Keynote speaker
Break (Tea/coffee)
Morning 2B – Chaired session Theme 3 (Various speakers)
Break (Lunch)
Afternoon 2C – Chaired session Theme 4 (Various speakers)
Break (Tea/coffee)
Afternoon 2D – Chaired session Theme 5 (Various speakers)
Evening Conference dinner at a museum/art gallery venue in Auckland

Conference Day Three – Wednesday 7th November – Travel south from Auckland to Waiouru
Morning – departure & travel – leave Auckland by coach (early start)
Coffee/tea on arrival
Session 3A – Chaired session Theme 6 (Various speakers)
Visit exhibitions/collections with staff
Break (Lunch)
Afternoon – Travel, short museum study visit & afternoon tea at Taupo Museum, Taupo on Lake Taupo
Travel, Evening arrive at Waiouru – home of National Army Museum and HQ of NZ Army
Evening meal in NZ Army’s marae
Overnight stop (Accommodation options = in NZ Army’s marae (Maori traditional meeting house) or local motel)

Conference Day Four – Thursday 8th November – Travel south from Waiouru to Wellington
Morning (Breakfast at marae or motel)
Session 4A – Chaired session Theme 7 (Various speakers)
Visit of the Army Museum
Travel to Palmerston North
Lunch (on arrival at Te Manawa – regional museum and art gallery complex in Palmerston North)
Museum study visit of Te Manawa (covering the Manawatu region)
Travel to Fielding
Short Museum visit and afternoon tea (Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom – new museum collaboration between Maori, the NZ Dutch community and the local council = NZ’s newest museum, opened December 2017)
Travel To Wellington
Evening Arrive at Wellington; accommodation

Conference Day Five – Friday 9th November – Wellington
Morning 5A – Keynote speaker
Break (Tea/coffee)
Morning 5B – Chaired session Theme 8 (Various speakers)
Break (Lunch)
Afternoon 5C- Chaired session Theme 9 (various speakers) or alternatively museums visits with opportunities for staff to contribute
Break (Tea/coffee)
Afternoon 5D – Chaired session Theme 10 (Various speakers)
Evening Social event / Closing event


Potential Pre-Conference Study Tour November 1 – 3
• This would be for a smaller group, probably just international participants, perhaps with accompanying others
• An opportunity for international participants to gain insights into a range of NZ museums and especially the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi and its contemporary implications for the museum and heritage sectors
• An opportunity to visit a beautiful part of NZ
• Only offered/possible if sufficient demand to make it financially viable

Travel Days One and Two and Three = museum visits = coach travel from Auckland to Northland by east coast, returning to Auckland by the West Coast with two nights in the Bay of Islands (probably Paihia).

Travel Day One – Thursday 1 November
Morning departure – Leave Auckland by coach (Early start)
Museum study visit & coffee stop at Wellsford or Waipu
Coffee/tea on arrival, view exhibitions, collections/facilities with staff
Travel to Whangarei
Museum study visit & lunch stop at Whangarei – Kiwi North and/or Whangarei Art Gallery including lunch (or picnic lunch)
View exhibitions, collections/facilities with staff
Kawakawa – Hundertwasser
Evening Arrive at Paihia – motel accommodation
Fish and Chips supper – NZ classic informal meal
Overnight in Paihia (Accommodation option – Motel)

Travel Day Two – Friday 2 November
Morning departure (Breakfast at motel)
Travel by bus or walk to Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Museum study visit and coffee break at Waitangi Museum, Treaty House, Maori performance, coffee and lunch (or picnic lunch) = opportunity to consider key concepts behind NZ’s bicultural museum practice
Travel Return to Paihia for ferry to Russell
Museum study visit & tea and dinner (Russell Museum)
Pompallier – Heritage house
Russell Church
Dinner at Duke of Marlborough, NZ’s first capital
Travel return to Paihia by ferry
Overnight in Paihia (Accommodation option – Motel)

Travel Day Three – Saturday 3 November
Morning departure (Breakfast at motel)
Travel – options = Bus and ferry to Rawene via Kophukohu ferry or Bus Kaitaia (Kaitai might make for a long day)
Museum study visit and coffee stop at Clendon House in Rawene or Te Ahu in Kaitaia
Travel to Tane Mahuta, Break for picnic lunch
View Tane Mahuta = revered native kauri tree (exceptional size and age)
Travel to Matakohe
Museum study visit & afternoon tea (Kauri Museum at Matakohe – history of settlement of Auckland)
Travel – Return to Auckland
Overnight – at individual’s conference accommodation


Potential Post-Conference workshops on November 10 & 11
Promising location: the University in Wellington
a) Nov 10 – Training Showcase Day = practical demonstrations and discussions on actual training practice – design and deilvery of training on related topics
b) Nov 11 – Graduate museum studies research day = new and emerging researchers (often mature students with considerable museum professional experience) present their research and shows the future directions, relevant themes to our professional field – both theoretical and practical
Both would be a low cost event, with a symbolic only extra fee.
c) Assistance on visits to museums in the Wellington region which could be the same days or a separate day on the Monday 12 November