Support the Okains Bay Māori & Colonial Museum to continue to be an outstanding cultural and educational attraction on Banks Peninsula.
Our heritage and histories are more important than ever. With its nationally significant collections, rural character, and intimate setting, Okains Bay Museum on Banks Peninsula is uniquely placed to contribute to local and national conversations about our past.
Since Murray Thacker established the museum in 1977 and gifted it to the people of Aotearoa/New Zealand, Okains Bay Museum has grown to become a significant cultural and educational attraction, drawing visitors from all over New Zealand and the world. In 2016, Te Papa experts classified the Museum’s Taonga Maori to be “a collection of national significance”.
In his lifetime, Murray volunteered his expertise and time and reached into his own pocket in times of need to assist the Museum. This generosity kept the Museum afloat. Since Murray’s death, it has become increasingly difficult to secure grants. Maintenance projects have been put on hold while the care and accessibility of the collections take priority.
Now, we are seeking your help to undertake an urgent maintenance project. Repairing rusted spouting and damaged drains may not sound very exciting. However, this project will contribute enormously to protecting these collections of national and regional significance so they remain accessible to all New Zealanders, now and into the future.
In the spirit of founder Murray Thacker QSM at this time of need, we ask you to reach into your pocket for a donation to support this project.
In 1977, Murray Thacker gifted his extensive private collection into public ownership, creating Okains Bay Museum. The Museum has grown to become a significant cultural and educational attraction, drawing visitors from throughout Aotearoa and the world.
Thank you so much for your donation to the Museum
Kia ora, thank you, Koren for your generous donation, it is much appreciated.
Thank you / kia ora for your donation in support of the museum.
Thank you so much, Kevin, we enjoyed working with you on this project.
Oh, wow, awesome! Kia ora thank you to the generous donors!