Through the years...

History - 1995

Written on February 1, 2017

This is the first operating year in the name of the Musical Theatre Federation, albeit the 35th year historically speaking.

The Executive expressed disappointment in having their funding application to Creative New Zealand declined although it is readily admitted that the arts are woefully underfunded and only 40% of applications are successful. Problems also arise with Creative NZ's attitude to funding national bodies as opposed to our member societies, the former requiring assistance with administration rather than "project funding".

Annual Conference was held at the Southern Cross Hotel, Dunedin on 25 March and attended by 140 Delegates and Observers from 43 Societies. Three seminars were held with topics including "Marketing of Musicals, the legal aspects of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the "Selection of Musicals".

Subscription rates have been increased by $50 and a further tier introduced for those societies grossing box-office receipts in excess of $100,000.00.

Library administration is now in the hands of the Administrator and showed an appreciable drop in operating costs, due in part to the re-location of the Library from Cuba Mall to the Spencer's refurbished garage. Production sets are held at no cost in the Dannevirke Town Hall. A new catalogue was printed and distributed in November with additional copies available.

With 57 contributing societies (an increase of seven) accumulated funds of the Capital Assistance Fund are in excess of $1 90,000.00. Contributors may now borrow a maximum of $20,000.00 with repayments spread over a six year period -the first year still being free of repayment.

Lower printing costs and a small price increase resulted in Spotlight almost reaching a break-even point, in spite of static circulation figures and a decrease in advertising revenue. The magazine is now printed in Hamilton by John Walker Print and legal processes are in train to complete

Executive - 1995

Patron Frank Terry MBE
Vice Patrons Tim Blennerhasset, Jim McKenzie OBE, Frank Terry MBE, Ella Duddridge, Jack Hancock, Jim Fenton
President Nola Speir (Tauranga)
Vice President John MacGibbon (Dannevirke)
Executive - Zone One Sandra Sewell (Auckland)
Executive - Zone Two Ray Spence (Te Awamutu)
Executive - Zone Three Donna Philpott, QSM (Wellington)
Executive - Zone Four Tony Flannagan (Greymouth)
Executive - Zone Five Gordon Bain (Invercargill)
Administrator Shona Spencer
Membership: Society: 76; Corporate: 11; Education: 41; Associate: 2
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All societies are now linked to IRD's master computer system and have been warned they must pay Non-resident Withholding Tax on all monies sent overseas in payment of royalties.

An Arts Council Grant of $10,000.00 enabled Federation to run a comprehensive programme of weekend schools nationwide. Master classes, as an extension of the last Residential School were held in Hamilton and Dunedin, together with courses for less experienced directors held in Rotorua, Timaru, Auckland, Dunedin, Whangarei and Queenstown. Seventy personnel attended and the courses were run by Duncan Whiting and John Fausett.

The Freight and Travel subsidies benefited 13 and 25 societies respectively, but being exclusive of outside funding, warning was given of their possible discontinuation.

Four full Executive meetings were held, two at Conference time, New Plymouth in June and Rotorua in October while the Standing Committee met twice in Wellington and again in Whangarei.

Executive - 1995

Patron Frank Terry MBE
Vice Patrons Tim Blennerhasset, Jim McKenzie OBE, Frank Terry MBE, Ella Duddridge, Jack Hancock, Jim Fenton
President Nola Speir (Tauranga)
Vice President John MacGibbon (Dannevirke)
Executive - Zone One Sandra Sewell (Auckland)
Executive - Zone Two Ray Spence (Te Awamutu)
Executive - Zone Three Donna Philpott, QSM (Wellington)
Executive - Zone Four Tony Flannagan (Greymouth)
Executive - Zone Five Gordon Bain (Invercargill)
Administrator Shona Spencer
Membership: Society: 76; Corporate: 11; Education: 41; Associate: 2
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