20 Feb 2012

Regional body ready to help struggling Marshall Islands museum

4:20 pm on 20 February 2012

The Pacific Islands Museum Association is offering its help to the cash strapped museum in the Marshall Islands.

Majuro's Alele museum has been closing its doors for several days a week because of budget cuts of up to 25 percent made by the government that has left it unable to pay staff and other costs.

The association's chairperson, Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua, says museums and cultural centres do struggle for funding, as they are often low on the list of government priorities.

But says their association knows of numerous funding sources and has extensive support networks the museum in Majuro could tap into.

"We have a good professional network of museum directors, mainly with Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga and sort of in this part of the Pacific everybody's talking. But from the northern Pacific, our main outreach is to Palau and Guam and also Hawaii."

The Pacific Islands Museum Association chairperson, Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua