2020 Service IQ NZ Awards - Key dates and Terms and Conditions

Key Dates

Entries have been extended to close on Thursday 2 April 2020 at 5pm. Finalists will be announced in May.

The Awards ceremony will be held at the Copthorne Bay of Islands in Waitangi on (date to be confirmed) in conjunction with the MA20 Conference. Winners will be announced at this ceremony.

Terms & Conditions

Entrants must either be an Individual (Voting) or Museum (Voting) Member of Museums Aotearoa. (For these purposes, Museum Member includes paid or unpaid staff of Museum Members (Voting) and Individual includes Service Providers).

Museums Aotearoa employees or contractors, and members of the Awards Evaluation Panel, are not eligible to enter the Awards.

Entries must reach Museums Aotearoa by Thursday 19 March 2020 at 5pm. Late entries or entries in formats other than those specified will not be accepted.

All entrants agree to pay the correct entry fee:
· $50 per entry for institutions employing 5 or fewer full-time staff
· $100 per entry for institutions employing 6-20 full-time staff
· $200 per entry for institutions employing more than 20 full-time staff.

Projects must be completed or have reached an identifiable or significant milestone no more than 24 months prior to the Awards closing date.

Entries must include supporting material as outlined on the application form(s) to ensure a fair and informed evaluation.

Each entrant will receive an email acknowledgement upon receipt by Museums Aotearoa and will be advised of the outcome once judging has been completed.

All supporting material becomes the property of Museums Aotearoa and will not be returned. The decision of the Judges will be final & no correspondence will be entered into. Successful entries will be required to be available to Museums Aotearoa and/or its sponsors for display, publicity or promotional purposes. Please ensure that any photos of individuals or artworks have been cleared for use prior to submission.
Projects that reach the finals cannot be re-entered for these awards in a subsequent year.

Judging Guidelines

Entries will be assessed by a panel of judges with expertise in each field. Judges will draw on their own knowledge of current museum practice in Aotearoa, & will be looking for excellence in conceptualisation and delivery in all entries.

Judges will also be looking for the following qualities in entries, as appropriate:

Vision: the project or programme demonstrates & advances the museum’s mission.

Engagement: the project or programme creates new knowledge, awareness, access, skills or connections for audiences / participants.

Resourcefulness: the project or programme takes the museum’s resources (such as people, collections, skills, or community context) & makes the most of them.

Innovation: the project or programme demonstrates new thinking & approaches that others can learn from.

See our FAQs for further information about the Awards and the entry and judging processes.
Application Process

This questionnaire is made up of three parts.
  1. Applicant Entry information. (If you complete this part online you do not have to enter this in PDF form)
  2. Project Overview and Alignment with Judging Criteria checklists.
  3. File Uploads.
If you have any questions contact Linda Lee.
Email: Awards@MuseumsAotearoa.org.nz
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