New Zealand Diversity Forum 

19-20 August 2012 , 9am-5pm
Aotea Centre
Central Auckland  , Auckland 
$50 full day, individual sessions free

The annual Diversity Forum is a unique national convention, now in its eighth year, at which people involved in race relations, human rights and cultural diversity come together to share ideas and good practice. The emphasis is on practical action. It is more of a marketplace than a traditional conference, with a diverse range of organisations hosting their own forums and events that together make up the programme. These range from professional meetings (for example for researchers, librarians, local government community staff, museum and gallery staff) to forums on topical issues and projects. The annual New Zealand Diversity Awards are presented at a ceremony on the Monday evening. There is a $50 registration fee to attend more than one Diversity Forum Session.

Visit the NZ Diversity Forum website


Museums & Galleries - changing faces, changing ways

Practitioners and professionals are invited to join in a facilitated discussion of how the changing face of Auckland - and Aotearoa - requires us to change our ways of working and enables us to develop deeper and more meaningful engagement in our communities.

Date: Monday 20 August
Time: 11.00am to 12.30pm
Venue: Auckland Art Gallery

A facilitated 90-minute session will bring together panellists and audience to focus on Auckland, its demographics, and the diversity issues that arise for museums and galleries. These include:

  • the changing 'face' of Auckland (eg increasing ethnic diversity, more young/old people)
  • serving the wider Auckland, including non-traditional audiences
  • tapping into existing networks
  • removing barriers to participation - for families, youth, disabled and other communities
  • inclusion and meaningful relationships between institutions and audiences/stakeholder

Facilitator: Linnae Pohatu, recently appointed Tumuaki Director at Auckland Museum.

Panellists and topics they will introduce:
Jo Brehaut
(Visitor & Market Research Manager, Auckland Museum) - research about Auckland's current and future population and Auckland Museum's audiences
Bethany Edmunds (Outreach Programme Developer, Auckland Museum) - hear about the exciting new 'UrbanLife' project, equipping a diverse range of young people to shape Auckland's future urban landscape
Lynette Townsend (History Curator, Te Papa) - collecting and exhibiting youth experiences, part of a project with children in the 'Growing Up in New Zealand' research at Auckland University
Ema Tavola (PIMPI and co-curator of Home AKL) - connecting South Auckland and the CBD, the process of building value for Pacific and South Auckland audiences
Richard Benge (Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa) - proactive engagement with disabled people 

Museums Aotearoa and National Services Te Paerangi, with Auckland partners Auckland Art Gallery and Auckland Museum, are jointly hosting this special session for museum and gallery staff.

This session is free to attend, morning tea will be provided from 10.30am.
Please RSVP by Wednesday 15 August to Museums Aotearoa: or tel (04) 499 1313.