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Te Papa retains publishing arm

Lindsay Shelton, Change of heart: Te Papa decides to continue publishing books, Wellington Scoop, 12 June 2015

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Forthcoming publication by Te Papa press. Source: Te Papa.

Following its review of the role of Te Papa Press, Te Papa has committed to continue publishing books during the museum’s redevelopment, Chief Executive Rick Ellis announced yesterday.

In May, Te Papa undertook a review of its publishing arm and considered an option of suspending publishing for five years while the museum is redeveloped.

In the next five years, Te Papa’s long-term exhibits will be renewed, requiring a huge input of research and curatorial expertise.

Following the review, Te Papa has committed to continue publication of books through Te Papa Press during the redevelopment period.

“Te Papa Press will continue to publish high quality books, and we will retain the existing staff at Te Papa Press,” Mr Ellis says.

“After considering all our options, and the feedback from our staff and the public, we believe we can continue publishing books while we renew the museum.”

“The business model of Te Papa Press will need to change as curators and other specialist staff focus their efforts on developing our new exhibits. Te Papa will look for partnership opportunities with other organisations.”

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