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Otago Museum: Development plans

New star director on a spending trajectory, more user charges coming…
Remember when we just wanted our museum collections properly indexed, made searchable, accessible and displayed more readily’ —soon as possible?
Now the establishment wants expensive ‘add-ins’. But this is a great idea!

### ODT Online Sun, 3 Aug 2014
Planetarium in city’s stars?
By Daisy Hudson
Astronomers and lovers of all things galactic could soon be converging on the Otago Museum, as plans for a planetarium move ahead. The planetarium is included in plans for the redevelopment of Discovery World but has yet to be signed off by the museum’s board. […] The museum was confident it would be able to find the funding for the planetarium […] they would have a clear idea about whether the proposal would go ahead, as well as of potential designs, by the end of August. The redevelopment is set to take about two years, with a grand opening scheduled for mid-2016.
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Planetarium Brussels [barco.com] Planetarium Brussels [barco.com]

Side-section of new Peter Harrison Planetarium, Greenwich [britsattheirbest.com]Side-section of the Peter Harrison Planetarium [Allies and Morrison Architects]

With close to one million visits being made to the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and public demand increasing, the Observatory decided to attempt a spectacular development that would feature new galleries about modern astronomy and time, the Lloyds Register Education Centre, and a planetarium. “Through the avenue of trees, partially pushed into the ground, stands a bronze-coated cone, enriched by what looks like a patina of age, topped with a lens of reflective glass” (Telegraph). The Peter Harrison Planetarium opened in spring 2007. Public, corporate, and private sources contributed £15 million to the project. (via Brits At Their Best: Sharing the Inheritance)

█ For more images of planetariums, do this Google search.

Morrison Planetarium (San Francisco, Ca) screenshotMorrison Planetarium (San Francisco, California) [calacademy.org]

The Morrison Planetarium is the largest all-digital dome in the world with a 75-foot diameter projection screen tilted at a 30 degree angle. Thanks to immersive video technology, the dome seems to disappear when imagery is projected onto it, creating an experience more like flying than watching a movie.

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Wellington issues

Thanks to James’ twitter feed…

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00 02/01/2010
Wellington ratepayers bail out tourist attractions
By Dave Burgess and Emily Watt – The Dominion Post
Some of Wellington’s key visitor attractions are in dire financial straits, and it is ratepayers who will be asked for a bailout.
Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience has received another $2.3 million in a secret deal sealed behind closed Wellington City Council doors – and it now wants more money to set up a cafe.
Council documents reveal funding issues for other organisations, including the St James Theatre, which is so broke that it tends to avoid risky shows, the cable car, which might have to ask the council for more money to pay for safety upgrades, and the Basin Reserve, which cannot afford to maintain its LED replay scoreboard.

The Wellington Regional Stadium Trust is not controlled by the council but is included in the briefing papers, which warn that it may be unable to repay a $15m council loan due to ground upgrades ahead of the Rugby World Cup. The trust has also yet to renew the contract for the NZI Sevens from 2012 and beyond.

Mayor Kerry Prendergast and council chief executive Garry Poole refused to answer questions.
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