Through the years...

History - 2009

Written on February 1, 2017

Recession was the keyword for 2009. President John in his final report to last years AGM in Queenstown stated that MTNZ member societies were in a great position to make the most of what was predicted to be a year of recession for we are here to entertain people and make things a little brighter.

From reports received through the Zone Representatives it certainly has been a mixed bag as far as the financial success of productions is concerned. Whilst times have been tough for most New Zealanders indications are that many who normally travelled either internally or internationally to see professional musicals stayed close to home last year and many local musical theatre groups benefited from their support.

Our 2009 AGM and Conference in Queenstown saw excellent numbers attending despite the travel and accommodation costs associated with such a remote destination.

Our thanks must go to host society Showbiz Queenstown and especially to Hilary Finnie and her support team who worked extremely hard behind the scenes. We are most grateful for the ongoing support we receive from our corporate members at conference time not only by supplying equipment but also the manpower to transport, install and operate at no cost to MTNZ. We also receive sponsorship towards meals, drinks, awards and the provision of Presenters/Speakers for the many forums and seminars that are now an integral part of our annual meeting.

During the year President Ian and Administrator Kate, attended a number of meetings with Creative New Zealand in Wellington and discussed with them opportunities for our two organisations to work together for the benefit of Community Theatre throughout New Zealand.

In his annual report the President thanked societies who provide the zone reps and other members of the executive with complimentary tickets to their productions and provide meals when they visit. This assistance eases the burden on 'out of pocket' expenses as the majority of these trips are made at the executive members own cost. In his annual report, the President gave special thanks to John Herber & NZ Fire Shield our major sponsors whose generous support enables MTNZ to operate under a lot less financial pressure and looked continued association and trust that it will prove beneficial for both parties.

Executive - 2009

Patron Donna Philpott QSM
Life Members Tim Blennerhasset, Ella Duddridge, Jim Fenton QSO, Sandra Sewell, Shona Spencer, John MacGibbon, Kevin Murphy, Len Speir, Donna Philpott QSM, Ray Spence
President Ian Reid (Napier)
Vice President Lesley Reid (Napier)
Immediate Past President John Antony (North Shore)
Executive - Zone One Delwyn Smith (North Shore)
Executive - Zone Two Ngaire Holmes (Hamilton)
Executive - Zone Three Allan Nagy (Palmerston North)
Executive - Zone Four Ross Benbow (Nelson)
Executive - Zone Five Helen Horsnell (Dunedin)
Administrator Kate Ghent
Membership: Society: 75; Corporate: 24; Education: 37; Associate: 15
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