Submission to the Invercargill City Council 2018-2028 Long-term Plan


The AGM of the Friends of the Southland Museum and Art Gallery was held at the Community Trust of Southland Offices at 62 Don Street, Invercargill at 7.00pm on Thursday 19 April 2018.


Re-elected chair Jim Watson withdrew from the chair for the discussion on the recent withdrawal of staff from the Museum and the closure of the Museum building, because of a conflict of interest. Mr Watson is a Trustee of the Southland Museum and Art Gallery Trust Board, (appointed by the Friends of the Southland Museum and Art Gallery) which made the decision to close the Museum building.


Re-elected member of the Friends of the Southland Museum and Art Gallery committee, Bob Simpson, was selected to chair the rest of the meeting.


After the sharing of information and some lively discussion the following motion was passed with the request it be the basis of the Friends’ submission to the Invercargill City Council’s 2018-2028 Long-term Plan.


This motion was moved by Marion Miller and seconded by Lynley Dear. It was carried.


That the Friends of the Southland Museum and Art Gallery:


  1. Are exceedingly disappointed by the sudden closure of the Southland Museum & Art Gallery.

   2. Ask for an urgent geotechnical investigation of the site and a new, thorough structural report on the building.


   3. Ask that the staff should not be disestablished. In the interim the staff could provide museum displays in pop up style.

   4. Note that because of these decisions, the museum community, consisting of the staff, and patrons including a whole generation of children, could     miss out on the Museum & Art Gallery. This has happened in the city wanting to be known as child friendly city.

   5. Ask the Invercargill City Council to keep the museum and art gallery culture alive in the community.  

The Friends would like to speak to their submission