Mu­seum on move with $1.9m grant

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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.

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