Through the years...

History - 1989

Written on February 1, 2017

With an increased grant from the Hillary Commission, it was possible to hold two full executive meetings with obvious benefits to the executive itself, and to societies, with updated information and services being provided.

Two key areas were targeted for special attention, taxation as it affects societies and the hardy annual problem of performing rights and royalties.

Threatened legislation by Government to include previous exempt non-profit making organisations in the tax net was averted by pressure from many community organisations.

Obituary: Federation members were deeply saddened by the sudden death of Brian Jackson, currently a Vice Patron and a former President of the Federation from 1979--82. Brian was a very talented tenor vocalist with a wide repertoire. Societies and the Federation also enjoyed the benefits of his considerable executive ability.

Features of the 1989 conference were the very warm hospitality afforded by the Invercargill Society in the 'deep south' and the numerous attractive trade displays by corporate members and professional firms. These have become very much part of the conference scene, the trades people joining in socially as well as professionally and becoming part of the very friendly atmosphere of conference.

Requests for both perusal and production material continue to flow into the library The Commission funds enable the continual update of material and the binding of existing material. A comprehensive new library catalogue was produced this year.

Spotlight: This was a good year for our in--house magazine, with improvements both in sales and advertising income as well as a consistently high standard of copy from societies.

This year the Capital Assistance Fund enjoyed its greatest increase in funds since its inception, due in part to the Executive adding $6,000 of general Federation funds to enable more grants to be made to societies. The total fund this year stood at $109,000, proving to be one of the most popular services provided to societies by the Federation.

Encouraged by the success of the two previous training schools for directors, a further one was planned for May in Palmerston North with John McKay as the Director. The timing of these schools in the calendar year is a real problem and that factor, together with the considerable commitment required over a number of days to make the course worthwhile, seems to have a real effect on the patronage of these schools.

The travel subsidy scheme set up to encourage societies to send delegates to the ACM continued to prove most successful and its worth is reflected in attendances by a wide representation from smaller and more remote societies.

The insurance package set up by Federation in association with General Accident this year, returned $5,000 by way of commission from the company. This is a useful provider of funds for the Federation and a worthwhile service to societies.

The Federation's Vice President and Administrator currently represent the Federation on the Amateur Arts Assembly. This representation is considered vitally important at this time with the advent of the new Ministry of Arts and Culture.

There is a nervousness regarding the future funding of organisations such as the Federation with new policies for arts funding imminent.

With entries for Federation competitions varying considerably in number and quality, two changes were made this year. The programme competition was divided into two, a single page and a multi-page. The disaster award was replaced by a poster competition which it is hoped will prove more popular with societies.

After years of suggestions that the Federation should have a new logo, the existing one being thought too 'operatic', ideas were sought for a new one. However, few submissions were received, none of which were thought by Executive to be suitable in their original form. The Executive took this as an indication that no change is really necessary. But it remains open-minded, however, on the matter of the logo and also suggestions for a name change for the Federation.

Executive - 1989

Patron Frank Terry MBE
Vice Patrons Tim Blennerhasset, Donald Thompson MBE, Mostyn Duddridge, Jim McKenize OBE, Frank Terry MBE, Ella Duddridge, Jack Hancock
President Nola Speir (Tauranga)
Immediate Past President Jim Fenton (Invercargill)
Vice President John MacGibbon (Dannevirke)
Executive - Zone One Sandra Sewell (Auckland)
Executive - Zone Two Ray Spence (Te Awamutu)
Executive - Zone Three Donna Philpott (Wellington)
Executive - Zone Four Tony Flannagan (Greymouth)
Executive - Zone Five Gordon Bain (Invercargill)
Administrator Shona Brown
Member Societies 84
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