Tēnā koutou, Ngā mihi

It was lovely to see so many of you at the Friends shopping night.

December is going to be the start of new exciting year at Te Papa. The warriors are safely arrived and the art team busy working on Terracotta Warriors – Guardians of Immortality, which will run to 22 April. We look forward to seeing you at the Friends free preview on Friday 14 December from 3-6 pm. This will be an exceptional exhibition, so encourage your friends and family to visit our capital over the summer. Remember to book your tickets through the Friends website, to take advantage of the Friends concession price.

Thank you to all those who have volunteered to promote the Friends during the exhibition. We are delighted to have your support and are sure you will enjoy meeting visitors to the museum. There is an amazing depth of talent among our members, and we are very much enjoying the insightful reviews by our new writers’ group. A group of Friends have just returned from a very successful tour to Canterbury, where we were hosted by the Friends of the Christchurch Art Gallery and viewed the fabulous Gordon Walters: New Vision exhibition. You can read more about the the Glentunnel Museum, Ohinetahi and the Arts Centre.

The past year has been one of change and renewal with the opening of the Toi Art in March and the appointment of Demi Heath as Friends manager in June. We are looking forward to the much-anticipated opening of the new Nature Space in autumn 2019 and your committee and management are already planning an exciting Friends programme for next year. In late February we are offering a tour to historic Whanganui, and in September and October 2019 two exclusive tours to Egypt.

On 9 December Magic Fashion is the final lecture in our fascinating series on fashion and social history, when Dr Peter McNeil will look at the advent of glamorous modern fashion in the 1930s.

With the Friends Committee, thank you for your enthusiastic support this past year. We wish you and your families a very happy Christmas and holiday season and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou

Nāku noa, nā Elizabeth Kay