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History - 1983

Written on January 31, 2017

Attendees at the AGM stood to respect the memory of the late Sir Arthur Harper and Mr Len Barnes, the first Vice President of the Federation.

Later in the year, notice in Spotlight announced the death of its former editor John Barrett. John had turned the magazine into a lively, informative publication about performing arts in NZ and filled it with his own bright style and wit.

The AGM and subsequent Executive meetings discussed the possibility of workshops, schools and seminars. The idea of working in with the newly formed New Zealand Association of Theatre Technicians was mentioned. Mutual benefits from such a liaison included allowing the Spotlight editor to reprint articles which originated in Association's magazine Profile, the encouragement of operatic members to become members of NZATT, financial assistance from the Federation for NZATT schools in the regions and the use of our hireage schedule by that body as a resource.

Funds for the Alexander Bridge tour, from the Ministry of Internal Affairs were not forthcoming to the Federation decided to continue arrangements fro the visit using its own financial resources.

Spotlight editor Linda Thompson, continued to maintain a high standard of editorship in the magazine with a good supply of copy provided by the societies. In order to further reduce costs it was decided to reduce the number of issues per annum to five.

The Executive was delighted to receive a request from Chappell and Co for the library to become the NZ distribution agent for perusal copies and production sets. As Chappell and Co's whole operation had moved to Australia, it was felt this was best for societies to avoid two-way freight. Licencing of productions however, would continue to be made from the Sydney office.

This year saw the completion of a project that was started five years previously 506 perusal copies were bound at a total cost of $7,000.

The societies who opted to use the Federation's group insurance scheme through General Accident Assurance benefited themselves in using the best scheme available to societies with the most competitive terms, as well as helping to boost the Federation funds by way of commission by $2,800.

Executive - 1983

Patron Sir David Beattie, GCMG, GCVO, QC, Governor General
Vice Patrons Tim Blennerhasset, Stanley Campbell, Donald Thompson MBE, Mostyn Duddridge
President Jim Fenton (Invercargill)
Immediate Past President Brian Jackson (Wellington)
Vice President Nola Speir (Tauranga)
Executive - Zone One Sandra Sewell (Auckland)
Executive - Zone Two Ray Spence (Te Awamutu)
Executive - Zone Three John MacGibbon (Dannevirke)
Executive - Zone Four Tony Flannagan (Greymouth)
Executive - Zone Five Betty Bridgman (Alexandra)
Hon Secretary Ella Duddridge
Hon Treasurer Frank Terry, MBE
Member Societies 85
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