Young blood crucial to keep Motat on track
Not many people would consider preserving New Zealand’s transport heritage in their spare time, but that’s exactly how two local brothers spend their weekends.
Graham Anderson, 28, and brother Philip, 26, became Motat volunteers when they were 14 and have been volunteering ever since.
Graham became a volunteer after contacting the museum for help with a school project and discovering his passion for trains.
“There was a range of things like technology and history and also great people to work with.”
He has recently taken up a paid position as the rail collection manager but still puts in some volunteer hours.
Philip, who helps out on the tram service, became interested in Motat through his brother.
“I enjoy what we do here and it’s good to see a lot of different people and the enjoyment they get from it too,” says Philip.
Although the majority of Motat volunteers are older, Graham says the number of younger people applying is growing.
“They are important in keeping Motat’s knowledge and experience going because younger people will be here for a long time.”
Motat marketing manager Angela Willis says the organisation relies heavily on volunteers and has about 300 on its books, along with 60 staff.
In the last year visitor numbers have exceeded their targets by nearly 70,000 people, so more volunteers are needed.
For information on becoming a volunteer visit www.motat.org.nz or email email@example.com. – Anna Colquhoun is an AUT journalism student