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Whalery--First Cause Page--closed April 2016

  • $3,390.00 donated
  • 21 generous donors

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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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!

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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:

“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 so should have this, flippers crossed that you get the money needed. Thank you to all the volunteers”
“If museum folk support each other's causes we'll build a stronger museum network for all and reach out to a wider national museum community.”
“I'm really looking forward to seeing the whalery -- come on folks and support it!!!!”
“Glad to support this exciting and innovative project.”
“Proud to support you.”
“Wow! Great project ! Educational! Let's get the whale into the Whalery! Awe inspiring installation for Golden Bay community, in our museum.”
“I'm really happy to support this great community project.”
“Yes -- let's get the whale into a whalery ... and lots of museum visitors, too!”
  • $3,390.00 donated
  • 21 generous donors

$3,390 donated



This cause page was created on 24 Sep 2015 and closed at 23:59 NZST (UTC +12:00) on 30 Apr 2016.

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