Outside Insights - MA18 Conference
20-23 May 2018, Christchurch, New Zealand

What do people want and expect from their museums?

How can we ensure museums and galleries continue to actively contribute to their communities and society?

We will hear insights from speakers outside the sector, who offer fresh perspectives on issues which affect the spaces and social contexts in which our institutions function. Our MA18 conference offers an opportunity for critical self-analysis and will showcase some of the ideas and thinking behind the development of Christchurch as a city of the future.


Tā Mark Solomon: Former Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu from 1998-2016 and board member of Te Papa 2001-2007. He now has various directorship roles including Chair of the Canterbury District Health Board.

Elizabeth Connor: Founder of The KinShip, dedicated to using storytelling and other creative tools to connect the potential of science with the real needs of the world, winner of the inaugural Prime Minister's Prize for Science Communication.

Kaila Colbin: Curator of TEDxChristchurch and TEDxScottBase, NZ Ambassador for Singularity University, co-founder and Chair of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, Chair of the New York-based Natural Gourmet Institute, Deputy Chair of CORE Education, and a director of ChristchurchNZ, the Christchurch agency responsible for tourism, major events and economic development.


The conference will begin with a pōwhiri on the evening of Sunday 20 May, followed by the 2018 ServiceIQ NZ Museums Awards presentation.

Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 May are full days of keynotes, panels and curated sessions in which we will hear from a wide range of people.

Social events include a gala dinner on Monday night, and a party on Tuesday evening.
Wednesday 23 May will be a day of options – tours, workshops and hosted visits with museum and gallery colleagues. A Kāhui Kaitiaki hui is also being arranged.

Contact Museums Aotearoa

Use the details below or the contact form to the right to get in touch.

Museums Aotearoa 04 499 1313

MA18 - Outside Insights

20th May 2018 - 23rd May 2018
04:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Christchurch, New Zealand, New Zealand