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History - 1986

Written on February 1, 2017

The Federation was pleased to confirm the position of Patron upon Frank Terry in recognition of his involvement in its establishment and for his continuing interest and support, having served 18 years as Treasurer.

In January, thirty people attended a nine day residential school conducted by Mr John Banas of Wellington. Held in Scots College Wellington, it was for directors of musicals and was one of the most significant steps ever undertaken by the Federation. All participants were high in their praise of the organisation and content of the school. The extent of their directing experience varied and all left the school requesting another one.

'Spotlight' Editor Linda Thompson continued to maintain the high standard of the magazine, and circulation figures remained fairly constant. Once again the question of having a joint publication with the Theatre Federation arose as it was considered there was a demand for a national magazine covering the performing arts. Another pleasing aspect of the magazine was that there was an increasing demand for advertising space by societies and companies. From the editorial point of view this was a much more satisfying year with five 20-page issues being produced with interesting content on theatre techniques, background and profiles and synopses of shows held in the library.

A directory of directors available to societies was also published.

Accumulated funds of the Capital Assistance Fund continued to escalate totalling $66,444 at the end of the year. It was noted that the value of the fund had almost doubled in five years.

Chappells Music this year decided to discontinue using the Federation's library facilities for rehearsal sets and these were returned to Australia with only perusal sets remaining.

Recognising the importance of the travel subsiding in assisting people to attend AGMs, this was continued, but the freight subsidy was discontinued to free up funds for other purposes.

With the introduction of Goods & Services Tax, societies were required to decide whether to register and were instructed on the operation of the tax collecting scheme.

With the changes occurring in the administration and funding of recreational needs with the apparent change in emphasis to sport alone, it was felt that the voice of the more cultural side of recreation might be lost, and to that end an Amateur Arts Assembly was set up, based in Wellington, with Shona Brown as its first Chairman.

Executive - 1986

Patron Frank Terry MBE
Vice Patrons Tim Blennerhasset, Stanley Campbell, Donald Thompson MBE, Mostyn Duddridge, Jim McKenize OBE, Frank Terry MBE, Ella 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 Dennis Schwartz (Wanaka)
Secretary/Treasurer Shona Brown
Member Societies 89
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