Since the Maritime Museum Foundation was established in 2006, it has proudly supported many maritime projects.


Current and recent projects

Talking Portraits

The Maritime Museum Foundation, with generous support from The Stout Trust, is contributing towards the Talking Portraits project in the Hawaiki gallery of the Maritime Museum.

Support for new waka programme

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

Tuia Encounters 250 – Tākiri: An Unfurling

The Maritime Museum Foundation, with generous support from Chisholm Whitney Charitable Trust and Pub Charity, has assisted the Maritime Museum with its Tuia Encounters 250 project, Tākiri: An Unfurling.

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

Pub Charity has supported the implementation of a range of marketing activities associated with Tākiri: An Unfurling.

Transportation of students to Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum Foundation, with generous support from Four Winds Foundation, is enabling approximately 5,200 students to visit the Maritime Museum to participate in its education programme, at a fraction of the normal cost.

The Auckland Harbour Board microfilm collection

During the mid-1900s, the Auckland Harbour Board converted many of its earliest records to microfilm, including correspondence dating back to the Harbour Board’s beginnings in 1871 and engineers’ plans from the early 1900s, when many of the city’s wharves were constructed and waterfront land was reclaimed. Over time, much of the film was damaged by vinegar syndrome as the acetate degraded, and much of the information was lost. Thanks in part to funding from the Maritime Museum Foundation, the remaining information has now been rescued. The contents of the microfilm have been transferred to new film and reels, with a projected life of 500 years. The Foundation also funded a microfilm reader for the Bill Laxon Maritime Library, making these important early records accessible to researchers for the first time.

The Maritime Museum Foundation would like to acknowledge Lion Foundation and Pub Charity who also contributed towards this project.

Digitisation of Collection items

Digitising the Maritime Museum’s entire collection is a major project the Museum is planning to undertake in the very near future. In the meantime, through financial support from the Foundation, the Museum has been able to make a start at the digitisation process. With a small proportion of the collection now online some of the content has been harvested by Digital NZ and made available on their portal site. This has driven traffic to the Museum’s site while increasing and enhancing collection access to a broader audience.

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