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Funding boost for Whakatane museum
Posted at 6:55am Friday 21 Jul, 2017
The Whakatane Museum and Research Centre has received a $120,000 funding boost from the Lion Foundation to help continue with the redevelopment on site.
The funding for the redevelopment is expected to cost $4.5 million, and the Whakatane District Council have contributed $1.5 million towards the project in its Long term Plan 2015-25.
Chairman of the project’s governance group John Pullar says the museum is well on its way to completing their goal with the help of outside investors like Lions Foundation.
“It is fantastic that one of New Zealand’s oldest and best known charitable trusts has leant their support to the plan.
“It also takes us a step closer to the completion of a facility that is fitting for the remarkable collection we have here in Whakatane.”
The redevelopment involves the retention and refurbishment of the existing museum building in Boon Street and an extension into Burgess Park.
New features include enlarged collection storage areas with control systems required to protect the museum’s valuable collections, secure collection viewing areas for families and researchers, and a community research centre.
“The redeveloped building will also provide an educational space and expanded, climate-controlled storage, so this really is about preserving our heritage for future generations.”
John says the redevelopment will allow better public access to the displayed collections, which includes a New Zealand collection, scrapbooks, journals, photographic datasheets, biographical folders, Maori Land court records, museum research resources, digitised collections, microfilm readers and an online database.
Whakatane District Council community services project manager Paula Chapman says although the process is a long one, it’s also provided a reminder of the quality and diversity of items in the collection.
“The collection we have here in Whakatane has been described as of ‘national importance’, so it will be fantastic to have a facility that we know will be able to provide a space that will help protect our community’s heritage for future generations.”
The museum redevelopment will start in August and is expected to be completed by August 2018.