Latest newsletter, January 2017



 Abel Tasman 374 at the Museum, 18 December 2016


Farewell Spit-Onetahua 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!

The end of September brought some great news for our Whalery fundraising. Pub Charity donated the cost of the special UV-resistant glass ($3241), and TDC has covered the cost of the new decking ($1760), and is also going to do the landscaping. We’re very grateful.

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, probabimg_3529-10-oct-largely 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. 
Since the windows and doors went in, from the street it looks as if not much is happening. But inside, the wiring and insulation is in, and the gib-board is going up. So, just a bit of plastering and sanding, and some painting inside and out, but not long now until it’s handed over. It’s quite emotional after 2+ years of planning and fundraising. It’ll be great to let everyone enjoy it.



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.


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Just published — our September Newsletter CLICK HERE to read it

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Our whalery — Is happening!

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.

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Progress report, Friday 26 August–and we need your help, please!

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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

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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


Digger Day — Thursday 11 August


Monday 8 August--the story begins

Monday 8 August–a new chapter in our story

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Winner! Ray White Colouring-in & Story Competition

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)

Lief of Motupipi School won the big prize of an iPad Mini— Congratulations, Lief.  Here’s your entry for EVERYONE to enjoy:LIEF WINNER--drawing--smaller (Large)

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Museum Board News

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.

Mail--15 July 2106--re grandstand supportOne 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:



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Hot News — Whalery Getting Underway!

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…

HOW TO DONATE? Scroll down for the Give-a-Little hotlink … or click HERE for all the options.

… and CLICK HERE to read our latest newsletter (May 2016)

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Our Whalery donation box is still open!

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)

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Our Whalery … is an “Opportunity”!

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.

The Beacon of Opportunities updated

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Flagpole Information? An Update

Update (13 May) — Believe it or not … the flagpole blew over in the storm of 12/13 May — it was rotten at the base. In crashing to the footpath, its top snapped off,  so it’s beyond saving. Sad to lose something over a century old, but at least no one was hurt.

Public Notice (as published, GBWeekly, 22 April 2016)

FLAGPOLE, 73 Commercial Street. Does anyone have knowledge of or interest in the flagpole outside the Golden Bay Museum, 73 Commercial Street? The Museum Board and TDC are considering removal/disposal of the flagpole as part of the Whalery project and associated garden layout. Any information to the Museum, please: ph 525-6268 or email:

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Exciting Whalery News

Update 15 April: Thanks, GB Lions for pledging $1,000!  C’mon everyone … just $6,000 to go!


WATCH the YouTube video (thanks, Morgan Foundation) >>>>> CLICK HERE

Hi everyone — We’ve had great news recently … a grant from Pupu Hydro Society ($2500) and Bainham Rural Women ($250) — plus some generous local private donors. It’s very empowering to know that you’re all sharing our vision. Thank you so much.


 whalery and photo imageLet’s Get the Whale into the Whalery!

Sunday 7 February 2016–2pm @ Village Theatre–Thanks!

Thank you to everyone who came to learn a lot from the documentaries, Sophie White (Otago University) and Mike Ogle (DOC, Takaka). It was a reaffirming event, and we raised $500 (after expenses) towards our target. With other recent significant donations — there’s just another $15,000 to go… Please GIVE A LITTLE if you can

Whalery–Almost here … Please help us get it!

The planned extension to Golden Bay Museum Te Waka Huia o Mohua to tell the story of our local marine environment is almost within grasp.

Just before Christmas, the Museum learnt its Lottery Grants application for $40,000 was successful–Hooray!  The museum has now raised $97,000 from a variety of grant and other sources towards the whalery and preparation of the whale skeleton that will be the focal point of the displays. All that’s needed is a final $20,000 to make it happen.

Donations over $5 are eligible for tax credit refunds of 33.3%, and all donations of $1,000 or more will be recorded on a permanent donors’ board inside the whalery.

How to donate:

  • Post a cheque (made out to Golden Bay Museum Society Inc) to the museum at 73 Commercial Street, Takaka 7110
  • Make a direct credit (online banking) payment to the museum’s whalery account at the BNZ (02-0764-0063386-97). Please put your name in the Reference section and send your details by email to
  • Go to our Give-a-Little page– CLICK HERE! This is a safe, easy and efficient way of making donations and obtaining an instant tax-credit receipt.

Fundraising screening: Two Golden Bay whale stranding documentaries, Stranded! (1997) and Once a Pod of Whales (2012) will be screened at the Village Theatre on Sunday 7 February at 2pm. Tickets ($20, includes refreshments) are available from Paradise Video (next to the museum) and Collingwood Post and Gifts. Phone Penny (524-8112 or 021-02333-770) for more information.


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