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Ashburton Youth Council update Things are really beginning to get busy this year! An AYC subcommittee meeting was held in the term one holidays at the Somerset Grocer and many exciting ideas sprung up from the three-hour meeting. The Youth Council are now beginning the steady process of planning and preparing for the exciting youth-led events that will take place in coming months. Not much can be said yet, but good things are worth waiting for! Among these events, we are happy to say that we are taking part in the 40 Hour Famine to raise money for children from South Sudan who are seeking refuge in Uganda. The 40 Hour Famine is less than a month away and AYC cannot be more excited to take part and show support for this wonderful cause! We are planning our 40 Hour Tramp, which will be done in the surrounding mountain area of Mount Somers. Hopefully this will include every member of the Youth Council and the wonderful Ashburton District Council Events Coordinator, Verity

Jackson, who is going to put her tramping hat on and show us the ropes of how to tramp. We are hoping that you as a community can get behind this amazing cause by either sponsoring us or taking part yourself to raise money. You can learn more and get involved in the 40 Hour Famine at nz/connect/40-hour-famine. Maria Costas, AYC Secretary

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Museum a finalist in prestigious national awards The Ashburton Museum is once again proving itself to be one of the most innovative in the country, after being shortlisted in the prestigious Museums Aotearoa ServiceIQ NZ Museum Awards for 2019. The Museum has been announced as a finalist in the 'Most Innovative Education Programme' category for the development of a programme it undertook with school children to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage late last year. Also contending for the award is the Museum of Transport and Technology in Wellington, Otago Museum and Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa. Museum Director Tanya Robinson says the team are thrilled to see their work recognised at a national level. "Our team work exceptionally hard to produce quality programmes for our community. Being shortlisted for this award is a great endorsement of our ambition to deliver innovative education programmes to a very high standard." The Museum worked with students from Ashburton Intermediate School to develop its Suffrage 125 exhibition in August and September last year. The

students were invited to develop their own contributions to the exhibition, and provide a visual and modern take on equality. Their contributions included an equal pay petition, a re-enactment of Kate Sheppard, a questionnaire, and an exploration of gendered roles told through the lense of adults, Year 8 students and younger students. In a statement from Museums Aotearoa, Executive Director Phillipa

Tocker said the 'Most Innovative Education Programme' category was inundated with entries this year, indicating that museums and galleries are seeing the huge importance and benefit of good quality education programmes. "Education is one of the core purposes of art galleries and museums so we felt that a category that recognises innovation in this area was essential to give recognition to the great work being done in education right across

the sector. "Judging this year was especially hard with so many high quality entries to choose from," she added. It is not the first time that the Ashburton Museum has been recognised on the national stage for its programmes, after being shortlisted in the 'Most Innovative Public Programme' category for its MindPlus Kids Curators Programme in last year's awards. 23 May 2019 | ISSUE 132


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