I Want To Work At Anderson Park

7 May

According to the latest Charities Commission information, three part time staff work at Anderson Park

Number of paid full time people in an average week


Number of paid part time people in an average week


Number of paid hours worked in total by all employees in an average week


Number of people working as volunteers in an average week


Number of volunteer hours worked in total by all volunteers in an average week


So three people work a total of 38 hours.  And the salary and wages expenditure is?

Salaries and wages   $95898

That’s good pay for part time work.
The trust must be very thankful to have the ratepayer tit like so many other organisations.  In 2008 the trust received $88,875 including GST from ICC according to their financial reports filed with Charities.  The 2013 ICC Draft Annual Plan lists a grant of $171,900 to the trust.  That’s more than inflation.  To think they wanted me to pay $5 (ea) to enter last time I was there.  Haven’t I contributed enough?

7 Responses to “I Want To Work At Anderson Park”

  1. Dave Kennedy May 7, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Oh dear, the price one pays for inaccurate data. As a member of the governing council I hope I can rectify some misconceptions. I’m not sure how or who entered the working hours and staffing onto the website but it is highly inaccurate.

    For most of that financial year we had a Director, John Husband (now retired), who worked one to two days a week on a minimal hourly rate and got a small allowance for expenses (art conservation etc). The Deputy Director worked five days a week and had most of the management responsibilities for the day to day running of the gallery and we had one other person who manned the gallery for one day a week. We also employed one cleaner for 10 hours per week. For large exhibitions we had two casual people who came in to assist for a few hours a year.

    The true hours worked for each week (an average) would actually be about 70 at that time (if you include cleaning hours and extra time involved during exhibitions etc). The gallery is open 7 days a week and on most public holidays.

    We actually had one full-time staff member, and five part-time. If you consider the fact that our director had been working at the Gallery for around 40 years and the deputy for over twenty, they were not being paid excessively for the job (a lot of the work done in the gallery was actually unpaid): http://www.careers.govt.nz/jobs/culture-heritage/curator/about-the-job

    We recently had the a past curator of the Christchurch Art Gallery value our collection (for insurance purposes) and look at our management. He was able to compare our gallery with other regional galleries he had visited. Nelson’s Suter Gallery, which is a similar in size to us, employs 16 staff. While we cannot justify that many staff it was obvious that we were understaffed. When considering minimal health and safety and security requirements having only one person in the Gallery on most days was not safe or sustainable.

    To run a major regional gallery, as we did then, on a total income of $161,604 was an extraordinary achievement. This sum covered wages, heating, power, art purchases, maintenance, conservation work etc.

    We now employ more staff (but are still struggling on a low income) and are hoping to offer more services to the wider community.

    I think if you look at our website and Facebook page you will see that Invercargill ratepayers are getting good value for their money. We see lots of overseas visitors and we are mentioned in the Lonely Planet guide as one of the must see places in Invercargill.


    I can understand your initial reaction to the figures on the Charity Commission site, Kylie, but I hope this changes your views on the Galleries operations. 🙂

    • Kylie May 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

      I think it is a wonderful place but I won’t be going while they charge me $5 to enter. It’s been a while but that’s what the sign on the door said when I was last there. Is that always the case? $171k from the ratepayers and I have to pay $25 for me and the kids? I don’t think so!
      Where in those ‘grants’ was any national funding, even the local funding was lacking?….CTOS? Didn’t ‘Aunty Helen’ like the arts and implement funds to assist? pretty much only the ratepayer!!! Sorry but it’s a very firm ‘can do better’.
      If it is as wonderful as you claim they you should have organisations happy to sponsor or fund. It seems you’ve done OK though…$20+K going into reserve each year….and no rent to pay….
      “I’m not sure how or who entered the working hours and staffing onto the website but it is highly inaccurate.” – As a trustee it’s up to you to oversee it Dave and ensure it’s is accurate. Not instilling much confidence with that comment.

      • Dave Kennedy May 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

        For about 93% of the time it is free entry, Kylie, the $5 dollar charge would have been during our Spring Exhibition which is on for only three weeks and is our main fundraising exhibition. We attract nationally significant artists from all over New Zealand for this event and it helps us raise money to add to the permanent collection. Many knowledgeable art viewers are genuinely impressed by the breadth of our collection when we exist so far from the main centres.

      • Dave Kennedy May 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

        We actually do alright with sponsorships and bequests etc for one off items, it is just the cost of staffing and admin that is a problem. We have had to increase staff numbers and most fundholders are currently limited in what they can offer for ongoing costs and ratepayers are naturally concerned if you want to increase funding above the CPI. People like yourself do a good job to ensure that we have to fight for every extra cent we get. 😛

      • Kylie May 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

        And now I’m even more confused after looking on the website. Inc Society…? So why is it on charities and societies? It should only be on societies. The rules on charities are for a society so why do you have four trustees when you are a society?? Strange setup and ICC call you a ‘trust board’ but your rules never refer to a trust – you would think one of the three appointed from council would have rectified that. Very untidy.

  2. Dave Kennedy May 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    By the way, Kylie, if you still want to work for us we are sometimes looking for casual staff with a passion for art, but the hourly rate isn’t that great. 😉

    • Kylie May 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

      I still have a preschooler to care for and it wouldn’t be worth my while – $20 travel probably. No ‘passion for art’ though, I just like what I like and appreciate pretty things;-)

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