The Museum Shops Association of Australia & New Zealand have regretfully made the decision today to postpone the upcoming MSAANZ NZ Cultural Retail Forum scheduled for May 2020, and our Regional Outreach forum scheduled for Brisbane 2020 until further notice.
At present government recommendations are changing almost daily, and as such we have yet to make a decision on the timing of MSAANZ20 conference scheduled for Melbourne in July. We will update all member, delegates and suppliers of any developments as soon as practical.
Our annual MSAANZ Retail Recognition awards will still take place, and details of these will be circulated shortly, with an alternate recognition system implemented should the conference and awards dinner not be able to go ahead.
The MSAANZ Executive are following all official advice and preventive measures, and are continuing to meet via the virtual meeting software ZOOM that we invested in last financial year. We are also looking at the possibilities of additional regional sessions in lieu of our conference should this not be able to proceed this year.
We encourage our members to take all sensible precautions and measures to protect yourselves, visitors, and vulnerable whanau from COVID-19. Many museums and zoos have escalated cleaning and sanitising regimes, and put up new notices about hand washing, sneezing/coughing into a tissue or your elbow, and staying/going home if feeling at all unwell. Social distancing is now accepted as good practice – it is not rude to avoid shaking hands, hongi and hugs.
If you have symptoms of the Coronovirus, call
New Zealand – Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or
Australian – Coronovirus Health Information line 1800 020 080
Kotahitanga, the Maori value of togetherness is an important value in these challenging times. As cultural retail professionals we need to support each other and keep our nations working. If you need support or advice on how to navigate retail difficulties through these times then please do reach out to colleagues via the members directories, by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting your closest Executive member .
Nga mihi nui kia koe
The MSAANZ Executive