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Whalery--First Cause Page--closed April 2016

$3,390 of $20,000 goal

Given by 21 generous donors in around 7 months

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Our Whalery will tell the story of Golden Bay/Mohua's rich marine ecosystem, including mass whale strandings. And with a whale skeleton!

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  Nelson / Tasman Conservation Our History Marine

We're into the home straight! Over $100,000 has been raised--we just need a final $7,000 to be able to build our whalery -- and $5,000 for the displays. Golden Bay/Mohua has a wonderfully interesting marine ecosystem that we want to explain to visitors. One of its mysteries is the mass whale strandings at Farewell Spit--the only South Island site. With the support of local iwi and DOC we have the chance to display a pilot whale skeleton as the focal point of our new display space --our Whalery. The Whalery will also provide better access and climate control for precious objects on display.

Our community has covered all the planning costs ($10,000) so far, and we have raised over $95,000 through grants and other funding--THANKS Pub Charity, Rata Foundation, Lottery Grants, GB Quilters, MacLab NZ, NZ King Salmon, Pupu Hydro, and GBLions! Please help us achieve this very special space to tell our local natural history story. Donations of $1000 or more are eligible for recording on a permanent donors board.

Extra donations will help us create the information panels and interactive displays--GREAT!

Golden Bay Museum Society Incorporated's involvement

This project has my full commitment as Chair of Golden Bay Museum Society Board, which is working on this as our 25th anniversary project. We are proud to have the support of Manawhenua ki Mohua, the Minister of Conservation, Project Jonah, Golden Bay Community Board and Professor Ewan Fordyce (Otago University). Their letters are on our museum website:

About us

Golden Bay Museum Te Waka Huia o Mohua is a local museum providing heritage services relating to Golden Bay/Mohua (Tasman District), including artefacts and taonga, community archives and reference collection, research services and exhibitions.

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Last post!  1 May 2016

Yes this "Cause" page has closed and we are so grateful for all donations. We still need to raise another $5,000 -- and you can do that through our main Give-a-Little page. Here's hoping we can get underway soon! Thanks -- and best wishes, Penny (Chairperson)

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Latest donations

  • Charlton family trust

    Charlton family trust on 28 Apr 2016



    • Golden Bay Museum Society Incorporated

      What a wonderful donation, Charlton Trust. Thank you so much for your great generosity, which makes a BIG impact on what we now need to raise. It's really appreciated. Penny (Chair)

  • Liz Thomas

    Liz Thomas on 23 Apr 2016


    Wonderful project


    • Golden Bay Museum Society Incorporated

      HI, Liz -- thank you so much for your support. If everyone in Golden Bay donated $2 we'd reach our target! It's getting really close, which is exciting. Kind regards, Penny (Chair)

  • Paul Woodward

    Paul Woodward on 08 Apr 2016



    • Golden Bay Museum Society Incorporated

      Belated thanks, Paul -- we really appreciate your support. Penny (Chair)

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 02 Apr 2016



    • Golden Bay Museum Society Incorporated

      Thank you so much for your donation. Penny (Chair)

  • Local Resident

    Local Resident on 25 Mar 2016


    Come on, everyone ... just a few more of us are needed to give $100 (AND you'll get a third back!) Then our special museum will be even more special!


    • Golden Bay Museum Society Incorporated

      Great donation and great message -- thanks! Penny (Chair)

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