In early 2007, NZTRI conducted a web-based survey for Museums Aotearoa (MA) to gauge interest in the development of a Web-based ‘barometer’ to provide MA and others with timely information about the New Zealand museum sector. The findings indicated a positive interest in the ongoing survey, and MA subsequently approached NZTRI to develop the survey into an annual barometer for the museum sector.
The second survey was run in November 2007. This survey was the first of the annual barometer surveys and focussed on the labour force of the museum sector. The project was completed in January 2008 and the findings presented by NZTRI Associate Director, Jane Legget, at the annual Museums Aotearoa conference held in Dunedin, 8-11 April 2008.