Maritime Museum Foundation


The sea, once it casts its spell,
holds one in its net of wonder forever.

– Jacques Yves Cousteau


Aotearoa New Zealand has always depended on the sea and voyaging, and the story of every one of us is affected by the sea. From the early Pacific voyagers, to European explorers, to international super yachts, our history has been defined by our connection to the sea.

The New Zealand Maritime Museum is the place where the stories of people and the sea are preserved, shared and explored and New Zealand’s unique maritime heritage is recognised and protected.

It is the primary role of the Maritime Museum Foundation to source additional funding support so the Maritime Museum can continue to bring our rich maritime history and stories to life, on land and on the water, while also providing engaging, educative and entertaining attractions, experiences, exhibits and resources, both for the nation and for international visitors.

Thank you

Four Winds Foundation

With support from Four Winds Foundation, approximately 5,200 students this year are able to visit the Maritime Museum to participate in its education programme, at a fraction of the normal cost.

Foundation North

With support from Foundation North, approximately 1,200 Māori, Pacific, and South Auckland students and 400 of their whānau are able to participate in the Maritime Museum’s new Aramoana Ocean Roads Waka Programme.

Chisholm Whitney Charitable Trust

With support from Chisholm Whitney Charitable Trust, four artists (Chris Charteris, Jasmine Togo-Brisby, Kohai Grace, and Nikau Hindin) have been commissioned to each create an artwork for Tākiri – An Unfurling. When the exhibition closes, the commissioned pieces will be acquisitioned into the Maritime Museum’s permanent collection.

ONE MAN’S TREASURES  fundraising dinner

On Wednesday 10 April, 150 guests gathered at the RNZYS to support the Maritime Museum Foundation in raising funds for the design and delivery of a special exhibition at the Maritime Museum,
‘One Man’s Treasures: John Street and the Fosters Collection’.
Thank you to our supporters on the evening:

John and Lorraine Street

Peter Montgomery

William Randall

Mike and Tracy Mahoney

John and Dale Lambie

Sjoerd Post

John and Pat Whitehead

Eric Mahoney and
Robyn Von Keisenberg

Bill and Lindsay Speedy

Bob Hawkins

Tony Blake

Larry Paul

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