Through the years...

History - 2007

Written on February 1, 2017

Patron Nola Speir, QSM 2 August 1928 - 20 October 2007.

A large number of friends, family and musical theatre people traveled from all over NZ and Australia to farewell Nola at the Holy Trinity Church in Tauranga on 24 October. It was a wonderful celebration of Nola's life with Len - her husband of 57 years, her four fantastic children who spoke so highly and lovingly of their Mum, and of course, her extended family - the theatrical one. President John Antony spoke on behalf of MTNZ, thanking the family for sharing their gracious lady with us all for so long.

1978 - 1982 - Zone Two representative 1982 - 1987 - Vice President 1987 - 1997 - President

1996 - QSM for Services to Musical Theatre 1997 - 1999 - Immediate Past President

2000 - Vice Patron (renamed Life Member) 2001 - Awarded a MTNZ Merit Award in Christchurch

2004 - 2007 - Patron 2007 - Instigated the Patron's Achievement Award at conference in Hamilton to encourage young people in theatrical craft.

2007 Conference in Hamilton was a credit to Musikmakers with just on 270 people attending - the biggest conference yet.

17 Merit Awards were given out recognising achievement and contribution by societies to the worthy recipients.

Life membership of MTNZ was also awarded at conference to Len Speir. Len has been extensively involved with musical theatre since the inaugural meeting of NZFOS in 1960. He was very supportive of Nola during her involvement on the Executive of NZFOS and MTFNZ and has been the honorary auditor for a number of societies over the years including Tauranga, Napier, New Plymouth, Playhouse and Wellington. Len still continues to audit the financial accounts of MTNZ and some society members. Len is one of those many people in our industry, who works quietly behind the scenes but has given so much to musical theatre at both a community and national level. This was recognized by Tauranga Musical Theatre when Len was made a life member.It was also double delight with our Patron Nola Speir, presenting husband Len with his award, which was met with a standing ovation. Len continues in his role of Auditor for MTNZ.

The recipients of the inaugural Patron's Encouragement Award which was an initiative by Patron Nola Speir, was Andrew Comrie from North Shore Music Theatre and Kathleen Collier from Pukekohe Light Opera Company.

When the safety of our younger members came to the fore mid 2006, it was a timely reminder of the need for all members to look into their safety regulations and make amendments were necessary. After conference 2007, the MTNZ Executive, made guidelines available to all members. The Executive would like to thank in particular Delwyn Smith (Zone One Representative), Gwenda Ruegg (CYFS), Catherine Taylor (Oamaru Operatic), Rob Peters (ETNZ) and society members (Invercargill, Wellington, Papakura, Playhouse, Centre Stage (Taupo)), who all contributed ideas and information.

It is really pleasing to be able to report a surplus of $6,595 for the year ended 31 December 2007, the surplus represents a turnaround of $10,468 on the 2006 figures. Whilst the Executive would like to think the current position of recording a surplus is going to continue to be achievable they are mindful of some of the factors that have contributed to what has been achieved ie. conference. Overall expenses are down 5.40% which is a reflection of the intention of the Executive to minimise expenses where possible and this also included the rebuild of the MTNZ website at a cost of $1,500.

Capital Assistance Fund - repayments during 2007 amounted to approximately $36,000. CAF contributions were up over $500 this year on last year, and the highest in the last 10 years, which was very pleasing to report. There were no loan applications this year.

The new revamped "no more retro orange and purple" website was up and running by September. With nearly half a million hits, it certainly pays societies to advertise on the MTNZ site.

Kate's Korner was renamed Spotlight on MTNZ which now has an email circulation of approximately 800 email addresses. Kate Ghent and Ian Reid represented MTNZ on EINZ (Entertainment Industry NZ) and along with ETNZ, DANZ, EVANZ, are forming an umbrella group to represent the entertainment industry in NZ. This initiative is currently in development phase.

The Executive meetings in 2007 were held in New Plymouth in June and Wellington in September - with thanks to New Plymouth Operatic for hosting the Executive at CATS. The combined South Island meeting was held in Hokitika in October.

Executive - 2007

Patron Nola Speir QSM
Life Members Tim Blennerhasset, Ella Duddridge, Jim Fenton QSO, Sandra Sewell, Shona Spencer, Nola Speir QSM, John MacGibbon, Kevin Murphy, Len Speir
President John Antony (North Shore)
Vice President Ian Reid (Napier)
Executive - Zone One Delwyn Smith (North Shore)
Executive - Zone Two Ray Spence (Te Awamutu)
Executive - Zone Three Donna Philpott, QSM (Wellington)
Executive - Zone Four Ross Benbow (Nelson)
Executive - Zone Five Margaret Pethick (Invercargill)
Administrator Kate Ghent
Membership: Society: 76; Corporate: 20; Education: 34; Associate: 10
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