Daily Archives: May 31, 2012

The ‘happy’ little renaming of our leading social history museum

UPDATED 1 June 2012

Do we need a new name?

Debate is heating up (slowly) around an unscientific online poll hosted by Otago Daily Times, also appearing at the museum’s website (poll closed 1 June*), tied to a story about eight shortlisted options for re-naming Dunedin’s best-loved museum.

Participants (total votes: 2362 at 31 May, 11:02 pm) in the poll are showing a marked preference for retaining the existing name “Otago Settlers Museum”.

Why did the museum board decide a new name was needed in the first place? An ‘expert’ wrote a report that carried the recommendation.

What do you think? It’s your museum. With a little stirring, some of the worms are starting to come out of the woodwork.

And another thing, colleagues aren’t keen on the design of the new foyer now under construction. ‘Love steel, dislike the detailing and proportion’ is a common thread. Opinions? You’re paying for it.


*The museum board intends to consider the results of the poll and recommend a new name for the museum at its meeting on 7 June. My, that’s speedy scientific.

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5.11.11 Otago Settlers Museum – Burnside Building (site visit)

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Public Forum: Dunedin’s DRAFT Economic Development Strategy

By Dunedin For Dunedin And Beyond 2012-2022

With Paul Orders (DCC Chief Executive) and panelists Karen Bardwell (Managing Director, Select Recruitment), Prof George Benwell (Dean, School of Business, University), Gillian Bremner (CEO, Presbyterian Support Otago), Dr Oliver Hartwich (Executive Director, ‘New Zealand Initiative’), Tahu Potiki (Chairperson, Runanga Otakou, former CEO of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu) and others.

Hosted by University of Otago Centre for Theology and Public Issues and Dunedin City Council.

Come and have your say.

Tuesday 5 June, 5.15pm
@ Dunningham Suite, Dunedin Public Library, Moray Place, Dunedin

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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