OUR NEW EXHIBITION (Summer 2016/17)
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:
& WHALERY UPDATE (28 October)
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.
PAST HISTORY … to remind us how far we’ve come!
Those two donations mean that ALL the basic construction costs are now covered. What a relief! Thank you everyone for your support. We are still gently fundraising to cover “extras” like information panels, and installing the skeleton itself, probably in late December. So, if you’d like to help with that part, we’d be very grateful. And yes, donations over $5 are still tax-deductible.
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.