Since the Maritime Museum Foundation was established in 2006, it has proudly supported many maritime projects.
Current and recent projects
Pub Charity helps keep heritage vessel passengers safe
The Maritime Museum Foundation, with generous support from Pub Charity Ltd, is funding new life jackets and raincoats for the approximately 21,000 adults and children who annually take trips on the Maritime Museum’s heritage boats.
Potter Masonic Trust supports new Waka Outreach programme
The Maritime Museum Foundation is delighted to announce the support of Freemasons Potter Masonic Trust for the new Waka Outreach programme, to be delivered by the Maritime Museum and Te Toki Voyaging Trust. The Waka Outreach programme will visit schools in the wider Auckland and Waikato regions, benefitting approximately 4,680 predominantly lower socioeconomic students and their whānau.
Foundation North continues support of Aramoana Ocean Roads Waka programme
Following the outstanding success of the inaugural Aramoana Ocean Roads Waka programme in 2019, Foundation North has agreed to fund the programme again in 2020. The Maritime Museum Foundation is thrilled to be able to continue this programme and enrich the lives of 1,200 Māori, Pacific, and South Auckland students and 480 of their whānau.
Four Winds extends support
The Maritime Museum Foundation is delighted that Four Winds Foundation has agreed to extend its support into 2021, providing transportation to the Maritime Museum for over 5,000 students to participate in the Museum’s education programmes. This eases the burden on parents and caregivers who otherwise may not be able to afford to send their children on school trips.
Chisholm Whitney Charitable Trust and Maritime Museum Foundation jointly support Mural project
Chisholm Whitney Charitable Trust and Maritime Museum Foundation have jointly funded artist, Cinzah Merkens, to paint a stunning 150 metre long mural along the entire western side of the Maritime Museum, creating a major asset not just for the Maritime Museum, but for Auckland City.
James Searle Say Foundation supports conservation of Mrkusich stained glass windows
The Maritime Museum Foundation is pleased to announce the support of the James Searle Say Foundation in helping to conserve the Seafarers’ stained-glass windows, designed in 1964 by New Zealand abstract artist Milan Mrkusich and now on permanent display at the Maritime Museum.
Talking Portraits expand thanks to Stout Trust
The Maritime Museum Foundation, with generous support from The Stout Trust, contributed towards the Talking Portraits project in the Hawaiki gallery of the Maritime Museum. Sonny Natanielu, an engaging educator and storyteller, fronts the second Talking Portrait in the gallery. His three narratives share information about aspects of Samoan culture linked to navigation and canoe building.
Funding for new waka programme
In 2019, the Maritime Museum Foundation, with generous support from Foundation North, enabled 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, assisted the Maritime Museum with its 2019 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.
Following the exhibition, the commissioned pieces were accessioned into the Maritime Museum’s permanent collection.
Pub Charity supported the implementation of a range of marketing activities associated with Tākiri: An Unfurling.
Transportation of students to Maritime Museum
In 2019 and 2020, the Maritime Museum Foundation, with generous support from Four Winds Foundation, enabled over 5,000 students each year to visit the Maritime Museum to participate in its education programme, at a fraction of the normal cost. School teachers and students were enormously grateful for being given such a wonderful opportunity.