Museum on move with $1.9m grant
into the new civic centre building in West End. The funding must be spent on construction and museum fit-out costs as detailed in their application.
Historical Society chairman Danny Smith said he was thrilled with the news, which was the result of hard work in putting together the presentation.
The society had commissioned a professional fundraiser, he said, and this was the biggest project he had been involved with so far.
Work included having all the costings peer reviewed, as well as providing estimated budgets for things like the operations.
The grant was such a significant sum that it would basically be sufficient to complete the whole project, Mr Smith said.
A total of $400,000 had also been raised by the historical society on their own, to date, which was a great achievement for such a small committee.
‘‘It has been a huge journey to get to this stage. From where we have come from to where we are now, as a small committee of people . . . we are really pleased.’’
The next stage would be to commission Pearson and Associates Architects to work on the layout design for the new museum, which it is hoped will be New Zealand’s most modern museum, and Kaikoura’s largest land- based tourism attraction.
All of the artefacts on display in the existing museum will be moved to the new site, including the jail, which will be moved to the site over the next couple of weeks.
The Kaikoura Historical Society AGM is on Monday May 19 at 7.30pm at the Kaikoura Bowling Club, Ludstone Rd. A video walkthough of the new museum will be shown. All welcome.