Reminder–AGM, Sunday 25 June (see advert below):
… and a new Newsletter! Catch up with our latest news by clicking HERE to read our June 2017 Newsletter.
Waitui Goldfields Trip, Saturday 11 February
Our organised visit to the former Waitui goldfields in Upper Takaka on a perfect day was a huge success, with 45 adults and several children participating. They heard from Blue Horton, whose grandparents worked the small river for six years in the depression of the 1930s, and also from Dr Mike Johnston of Nelson, who explained some of the dramatic geological events that shaped the immediate landscape. Gold was first found in the Waitui in mid-1858, but no traces remain of the workings, because manual alluvial gold-mining is very low impact.
Nowadays the river powers a small hydro plant which drives the irrigation system, with any surplus being fed into the national grid.
Farewell Spit-Onetahua is a magnet for birds and visitors to Golden Bay/Mohua — so come and learn more about this unique landform and its spiritual significance for tangata whenua. The exhibition opened on 21 October and will be in place until Easter. Hours of access are 10-4 (Monday to Saturday) and 12-4 (Sunday). Here’s a teaser photo:
Yes, a naked whalery! At last, after 3 months, the safety fence has gone — and doesn’t it look good? Just a small amount of finishing work inside and some initial landscaping work and then we’ll be able to use it. That feels great! The whale skeleton arrival and formal opening will take place in early January, and we’re grateful for the assistance of Manawhenua ki Mohua in preparing display information.
Thank you Golden Bay Community Board for your generous decision this week to grant a further $2000 to our Whalery project. You gave us your vote of support (and $1000!) right at the start of our vision in July 2014. Now, at the end of your term, you’ve given us a wonderful boost as we head towards our target — just a $1500 gap to cover the essentials … it’s feeling a bit of a miracle.
Building progress has been great, too — here we are on 15 September, with the corrugated cladding going on! And windows next Tuesday, maybe. It’s a real team effort.
Friday 2 September–Amazing progress after just 4 weeks:
Topped off with roofing iron … and the colour matches! The new, easier ramp is begun. So Spring is looking good as our new frontage becomes reality. We’ve had to commit to the special museum-grade glass for the windows, though we still need to raise the funds. Maybe you can help? Our supporters are very special people. Thank you.
Progress report, Friday 26 August–and we need your help, please!
It’s remarkable what’s happened in 9 days of work (just 1 day of rain). Installing the big steel framework yesterday has made a huge difference — we can really see what it’s going to look like — dramatic! Click on the images to enlarge them.
But we still need to find over $3,000 to do the UV-resistant glass — please help if you can. CLICK HERE for details
How exciting — we have action, on Monday 8 June 2016, and it’s a lovely sunny day. Here’s to the Whalery. Digger Day (Thursday) is the first step towards the new ramp, and easier access.
And, yes, we still have a bit of fundraising to do. We need to make sure that the glass in those new windows is UV resistant. CLICK HERE for details
Thanks, Billy Kerrisk and your team for running the colouring-in and story-telling competition for local primary school students — it was such fun reading and looking at them all. And we were thrilled to receive over $100 towards our whalery fund from the entry fees (thanks, Billy and all the entrants)
At the AGM on 26 June, members of the museum society re-appointed seven Board members and appointed one new member. The 8 Board members for the 2016/17 year are: Clive Bird, Geoff Rennison, Jenny Treloar, Leigh Gamby, Pat Ballard, Penny Griffith, Robin Manson, Robin Riley. A Tasman District Council (TDC) representative will be named following the local government elections in October.
When the new Board held its first meeting on 13 July they re-elected Penny Griffith as Chairperson (and Acting Treasurer) and Pat Ballard as Secretary.
One of the major items on the agenda was whether the Board had a view on the retention of the Grandstand at the showgrounds, which has become a vigorous community debate following the council’s decision to demolish it. With two abstentions, the Board decided to write to TDC saying they are in favour of the Grandstand being retained. The letter was presented to a TDC committee meeting on 14 July, being written up in the Nelson Mail:
Whalery Contract: We’re really excited that a contract to start work has been signed with Steve Chamberlain, a local builder. Our council (which owns the building) will be the project manager and we’re expecting to have it all ready by next summer. Hooray!
What about the funding? Well, a generous local person has made a personal loan to the museum to cover the gap … and we will need to pay that back by the end of October. So we still need to ask for everyone’s help in raising the final $4,000. (Yes, just $4,000) Please help us if you can…
Yes, you can still donate to our Whalery project through Give-a-Little!
Our whalery “cause” page closed on 30 April, but we still need to raise $5,000 to cover the building costs. So, all donations to our general page (unless you indicate otherwise) will go into that fund … we’re very close to our goal now — Hooray! And check out the YouTube video–CLICK HERE . (You can also “Like” us on Facebook)
Our Whalery project is listed in the just-published 2016 Nelson Bays Community Foundation “Beacon of Opportunities” listing. We really appreciate the support of NBCF in increasing awareness of our project, especially as we’re the first one listed (and we’ve always known it’s an opportunity for our community to share one of our BIG local stories!)
The foundation itself also provides an alternative, private and secure way of making donations. Click on the links below to find out more.