New Zealand Maritime Museum
The New Zealand Maritime Museum is New Zealand's premier maritime museum. It is located on Hobson Wharf Auckland, adjacent to Viaduct Harbour. It houses exhibitions spanning New Zealands maritime history from the first Polynesian explorers to modern day triumphs at the America's Cup.
Its Maori name is 'Te Huiteanaui-A-Tangaroa' - holder of the treasures of Tangaroa (the Sea God).
The museum cares for a number of collections and permanent exhibitions (as of 2006):
In addition to a number of reconstructed or preserved ships in the building itself, the museum also owns a number of vessels that are normally berthed outside of the museum:
- Breeze, 1982 reproduction of a brigantine for NZ coastal trade
- Puke, late 19th century steam engine tender for coastal and river logging trade
- Rapaki, 1926 floating steam crane, built in Scotland for the Lyttelton Harbour Board
- Ted Ashby, 1993 reproduction of ketch-rigged scow typical, late 19th century northern NZ. Ted Ashby has public sailings every day except Monday.
All except Rapaki can be hired from the museums for sailing excursions or functions. Rapaki can be entered and explored during normal museum visits. Some personnel from the Royal New Zealand Navy are also at times seconded to the museum to assist with maintenance of the ships and exhibition objects.
A NZ$ 8 million extension to the northern end of the museum was built in the late 2000s, to house a permanent exhibition about Sir Peter Blake, including the original NZL 32 (Black Magic). The exhibition will be called Blue Water, Black Magic. This has since been opened.
- Collections (from the Museum website, dynamic website links)
- Helping out at the New Zealand National Maritime Museum (from the Royal New Zealand Navy website. Retrieved 2007-12-06.)
- Trevett, Claire (2 December 2006). "Peter Blake remembered: Raising a glass to fallen sailing hero". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
- New Zealand National Maritime Museum (museum homepage)
- Interview with Rodney Wilson, Founding Director of the New Zealand National Maritime Museum, for the Cultural Icons project. Audio and Video