NZ’s first racket sport mu­seum

Central Leader - - HEALTH & BEAUTY - SAMHEWAT

New Zealand’s first racket sports mu­seum has opened in Auck­land thanks to three for­mer bad­minton cham­pi­ons.

Richard Purser, along with Jeff and Heather Rob­son, re­cently opened the Bad­minton Mu­seum of New Zealand at the Auck­land Bad­minton Hall at 99 Gillies Ave, Ep­som, af­ter four years of col­lect­ing and col­lat­ing.

The Re­muera res­i­dents no­ticed a gap in the racket relic mar­ket, and even­tu­ally came up with the idea when they were asked to clean out the New Zealand Bad­minton of­fice in Hamil­ton.

‘‘It all sort of started from there,’’ Jeff Rob­son said.

‘‘We started to re­alise how valu­able some of the relics were and they should never be lost.’’

Therein started the four year project which in­cluded hunt­ing down items from all over the coun­try and over­seas.

‘‘Some of the things took quite a bit of time to find,’’ Jeff Rob­son said.

‘‘We knew what ex­isted and what we wanted but it took a long time to get them.’’

One those items is a pho­to­graph of the first New Zealand bad­minton team to play Aus­tralia in 1938 - found in the ar­chives of the Master­ton coun­cil of­fice.

Other relics in­clude com­mem­o­ra­tive medals from ev­ery Com­mon­wealth Games since bad­minton was in­tro­duced in 1966, as well as rack­ets from all of the ma­jor eras.

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