The Museum Shops Association of Australia & New Zealand are proud to announce Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum as the inaugural winner of the Best New Retail range award in the 2017 ServiceIQ New Zealand Museum Awards, celebrated at a gala event in Palmerston North, New Zealand last night.
Guest MC – and self-confessed museum enthusiast – Te Radar hosted the proceedings as part of the MA17 Museums Aotearoa conference, He Waka Eke Noa – Museums Of Inclusion. The judges found that winners included a wide range of museums, galleries and some truly inspired approaches to engaging our communities in art, science, history and culture.
The Judges commented that the Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa range “presents a wide variety of price points and product types, catering to a broad range of customers. All products were produced using suppliers local to Auckland where possible, or at the least within New Zealand. Environmental consciousness has been recognised through the use of organic and unbleached fabrics. There is clear & cohesive design with minimalistic black & white style across all products. The work of producing a CD specific to the exhibition is a great innovation in the industry and the clear process to establish credits to the musicians is commended. The relevance of the exhibition merchandise to the museum and the exhibition is clear, and the many artists and musicians donating fees back to the museum shows community support for the initiative.”
Congratulations to Lisa Varga & the team from the Auckland War Memorial Museum Store.