After significant budget cuts earlier this year, The Kauri Museum is now on track for a more successful year, reported Otamatea Kauri and Pioneer Museum Board chair, Mark Vincent, at the recent annual general meeting.
More than 40 people attended to hear progress reports from Mark Vincent, acting general manager Dr Tracey Wedge, and board member Allan Coutts.
The annual report charting the museum’s activities acknowledged contributions from volunteers, staff, supporters and funders, and included the audited accounts for the 2017/18 financial year, which posted an operating deficit of $181,000.
While the museum had operated at a significant loss up to the end of that period, Vincent explained the measures the board has taken to address the situation, in particular, the disestablishment of three senior management positions and replaced with a general manager’s role. A new pricing strategy had also been instigated. “From the end of October this year the museum was on track to better the break-even line at the end of the current financial year,” said Vincent.
The meeting farewelled three board members who were stepping down by rotation — Jenny Battensby, Kerry Bonham and Chris Wardle — who would all be continuing to support the museum in a voluntary capacity.
Three new nominee board members were appointed — Nick Tetzner from Matakohe, Kay McKelvie from Whakapirau and Takiri Pumipi of Dargaville.
For further information contact acting general manager, Dr Tracey Wedge by email email@example.com.