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The NZCCM 2021 conference was managed by a conference committee from our Otago and Southland Regional Group. 

NZCCM Annual Conference and AGM 2021


Date: 20th-22nd of October 2021         Venue: Online (Zoom)

Conservation is a risky business. This conference showcased a range of papers, flash talks and workshops that investigated management of all forms of risk relating to conservation and care of cultural heritage. 

It is through risk that the conservation profession and collections care advance in policy, treatments, and ethics. 


The talks are currently being edited and we hope to have these available shortly.



“Whakaarahia anō te rā kaihau! Raise up again the billowing sail! Revitalising cultural knowledge through analysis of Te Rā, the Māori sail” 

Presented by Catherine Smith, Co-authors: Dr Donna Campbell (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Ruanui; University of Waikato), Ms Ranui Ngarimu (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mūtunga)

“What a Pa-larvae! (Infestation and treatment of a Ralph Hotere painting)”

Presented by Ingrid Ford

“Natural Rubber in Art Collections: Case Study on the art works of Francis Upritchard”

Presented by Carla Pike

“Daring: The Courage to Recover and Conserve One of the Riskiest Shipwrecks in New Zealand”

Presented by Susanne Rawson (alternative, Sara Gainsford), Co-authors: 1) Susanne Rawson, 2) Sara Gainsford, 3) Larry Paul, 3) Jim Wintle

"The saga of the Canterbury Disaster Team – the team that keeps going" 

Presented by Lynn Campbell

“Preservation at the hands of a community”

Presented by Sara Gainsford, Co-authors: Rebecca Cox, Matthew Gainsford & Kurt Bennett

“Clutha Heritage – Digitising Small Town NZ Stories”

Presented by Tiffany Jenks

“Time-Based Art conservation project at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū”

Presented by Eliza Penrose

“Tools and concepts for sustainable development. How Do They Relate to a General Framework for Sustainable Development in an Aotearoa New Zealand context?”

Presented by Vicki-Anne Heikell, Peter Whitehead, Vesna Živković

Black Phoenix – ‘He take ngā kōiwi e rere ai te manu’ Even the bird needs bones to fly. 

Presented by Callum Strong, Paul Solly, and Pierre Lagace

 “From Film Negatives to Digital Files: Exploring the Risks Taken by the New Zealand Film Industry When Finishing a Production"

Presented by Angel McNamara

“Case study: environmental monitoring for Surrealist Art exhibition at Te Papa”

Presented by Jennifer Cauchi and Tijana Cvetkovic

“Risk Assessment Modelling for Museum Environments: A Case Study”

Presented by Kristie Short-Traxler

“Towards an ATL Environmental Management Team: optimising the preservation environment for collections” 

Presented by Vesna Živković, Laura Van Echten

"Te Hokinga Mai: The perceived risk of returned taonga Māori to hapū and marae"

Presented by Jade Hadfield Ngāti Paarau- Ngati Kahungunu, Te Rarawa – Ngati Whātua o Ngā Puhi, Kai Tahu & Hinewai Ormsby, a descendent of Iwi Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngai Tahu 

Flash Talk:

"Marylyn Mayo Internship at Auckland Art Gallery talk" presented by Tara Elder

Flash Talk:

“Conservation, Collections, and Covid-19” presented by Catherine Williams


“Small-scale anoxic treatment of pests in artworks” presented by Olivia Pitts, Carla Pike and Tara Elder

Conference Workshops

“From red rot to bit rot: an introduction to preserving born-digital material” lead by Valerie Love

Have you discovered a collection of old floppy disks and CDs in the stacks, but have no idea what’s on them or how to look after them and their content? Do you want to start collecting more contemporary born-digital materials, but don’t know where to start?

This session workshop will introduce you to basic principles, resources, and tools for working with born-digital heritage material such as word processing files, images, audio, video, email, and more.

Topics covered include:

  • what we mean by ‘born-digital’
  • key principles for working for with born-digital collections
  • workflow concepts and steps for acquiring and processing born-digital collections
  • introduction to file format identification
  • managing and preserving digital files over time

Attendees should hold born-digital archival material in their organisation (as opposed to digitised versions of paper/analogue items). Who should attend: Practitioners in cultural heritage organisations or community groups looking in increase their digital capabilities, knowledge, and skill in handling and caring for born-digital materials over time.

“Sustainable Transformation WORKSHOP: achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through work with heritage collections” lead by Vesna Živković, Henry McGhie, José Luiz Pedersoli, Co-author: Vicki-Anne Heikell, Peter Whitehead 

Agenda 2030 - ratified in 2015 at the United Nations (UN) - is an agenda based on 17 Sustainable Development Goals which represent a call to work together to intensify efforts to share prosperity, empower people’s livelihoods, ensure peace and heal our planet for the benefit of this and future generations. Contributing to the SDGs is a way to add value to communities and organisations which drives growth, addresses risk, attracts capital and focuses on individual purpose. Aotearoa/New Zealand has signed onto these goals; recognizing the significance of leaving no one behind in creating a sustainable present and future.

In order to understand how these global goals have been approached in a local, cultural heritage context, an interactive workshop will be presented. The workshop will explore how conservators and organisations can contribute and measure their contributions to the SDGs using the available tools and methodologies.

  • How do we and/or organisations, understand global sustainable development goals?
  • How we can enable these goals?
  • How we can collaborate to achieve them?

Finally, the workshop will explore how such collaborations and understandings of the goals can enable transformational change. The question of sustainable transformation in heritage fields will be discussed through the lens of the Our Collections Matter project, launched by ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) in 2020. Its aim is enabling professionals and organizations working with heritage collections, worldwide, to make concrete contributions towards Sustainable Development through conservation and other collection-based activities. After year of collaboration with several partners around the globe, ICCROM has created a web-based toolkit to encourage and support collection-based institutions in playing their fullest part in Sustainable Development. The toolkit contains the useful methods and tools currently in use in the heritage sector and beyond. New tools will be incorporated as they are developed by project partners and other parties. During this workshop you will learn about this project and the results achieved so far.

“Breaking The Mould” lead by Kristie Short-Traxler 

Mould is ubiquitous. In order to manage it, you must understand it. In this session, I will introduce you to mould, the types that are commonly found in heritage environments and the effect on different collection materials. We will also look at Health and Safety implications and PPE requirements along with common prevention and mitigation strategies. The session will also look at some case studies to show possible management approaches. The primary objective of the session is to provide an awareness for staff that can be applied immediately.

After this training you will have gained the ability to identify mould, implement mitigation measures and implement preventive strategies within safe working practices. 

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