Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum

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Support the Okains Bay Māori & Colonial Museum to continue to be an outstanding cultural and educational attraction on Banks Peninsula.

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The Okains Bay Māori & Colonial Museum was founded by the late Murray Thacker in 1977. Since then, it has grown to become a significant cultural and educational attraction that draws visitors from throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and the world.

Located within the heritage precinct of Okains Bay, the museum incorporates a range of relocated and replica heritage buildings. A traditional whare whakairo (carved house) and pātaka (raised food storehouse) carved by master carver John Rua are focal points at the heart of the museum complex. A working blacksmith’s shop, print shop, vintage vehicles, and other working exhibits are in action on open days, notably during the museum’s famous Waitangi Day commemorations which are regularly attended by thousands of visitors.

The museum's impressive collections includes items from the Banks Peninsula area associated with whaling, farming and colonial rural life. The museum also cares for several collections of national significance including our outstanding collection of taonga Māori which rivals those of New Zealand’s larger metropolitan museums. A magnificent collection of waka (Māori canoes) and small European boats impress a sense of the historical importance of watercraft in New Zealand.

Our museum works in partnership with tāngata whenua, Ngāti Huikai and our local communities to preserve the legacy of our museum's founder. We foster our museum's unique atmosphere and rural character and we are proud to care for collections of national significance. As part of our ongoing evolution, we are continuing to develop narratives that bring our collections to life.

Your donations to our Organisation page are greatly appreciated and will be used to help fund our operational costs, conservation, restoration, and community projects. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou kātoa!

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The Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum came about as a result of the passion, tireless energy and generosity of its founder, the late Murray Thacker (1933 – 2017). Murray gifted his extensive private collection into public ownership, creating the Museum in 1977. Since then, the Museum has grown to become a significant cultural and educational attraction that draws visitors from throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and the world.

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Evan
Evan 6 days ago
Cheers for the great work and for going above and beyond to find a map of the Banks Peninsula for me.
$85
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 28 Mar 2021
$1,000
Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum

Tēnā koe. Ngā mihi maioha, ngā mihi nunui ki a koe mō tēnei koha miharo! The Okains Bay Museum is extremely grateful for your generous donation. Thank you so much for your support.

Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum
Ruiha
Ruiha on 22 Feb 2021
$20
Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum

Ngā mihi nui ki a koe mō tō tautoko. Many thanks for your support of the Okains Bay Museum. It is very much appreciated.

Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum
Lisa
Lisa on 05 Feb 2021
One of my most favourite places in New Zealand. Thanks for all your mahi and keeping the stories of The Bay alive.
$100
Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum

Ngā mihi aroha ki a koe. Many thanks for your generous donation and for your ongoing support of our special Museum.

Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum
Clayton
Clayton on 03 Feb 2021
Thanks for letting in-laws camp on lawn when we rented house 18-22 Feb. We loved the museum. Kia Kaha.
$50
Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum

Ngā mihi nui ki a koe. We hope to host you at the Museum Bach again!

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