rakiura_museum_006.jpg

Currently the Rakiura Museum’s many collection items are stored away in less than ideal conditions, with lack of space limiting items available for viewing. A new Heritage Centre will enable collections to be displayed and cared for more effectively so that they are enjoyed by all and preserved well into the future. We are going to build a multi purpose Heritage Centre that will not only interpret the Island’s history through interesting exhibits and audio visual displays but will also be an education and research centre. The provision of general Stewart Island information services will increase visits to the Heritage Centre and make this a focal point for the township.  We are planning to locate this marvellous new facility in the centre of the village at the corner of Argyle Street and Main Road, close to all the other village amenities.  The building will be at the hub of the community as it will house other service centre operations such as an Information Centre and the S.D.C. Area Office - increasing local public awareness and enticing visitors to stay a while and browse the history of this fascinating island community.

Sign up for our quarterly e-newsletter or join Friends of Rakiura Museum today and help make our dream of a new Heritage Centre become a reality.


building.jpg

display.jpg

interior.jpg

Rakiura Museum: Themes and Topics

Sea

  • Highway for people and migrating wildlife.
  • Creation stories—Te Ara a Kewa
  • Food basket/mahinga kai
  • Physical forces
  • European explorers
  • Ships and shipwrecks

People

  • Tangata whenua
  • Seamen/settlers
  • First settlements—mixed marriages (Whenua Hou and The Neck)
  • Rakiura as a stepping stone—to subantarctic and Antarctic
  • Naturalists
  • Characters—quirky, innovative, resourceful
  • Museum story—curators and collectors

Industry

  • Ship‐building
  • Sealing/whaling
  • Milling/sawmills
  • Fishing
  • Mining
  • Services
  • Farming
  • Titi

Tourism 1870s-

  • Transport—ferry, aircraft, helicopters
  • Accommodation, hospitality, tea rooms, gardens, hosts
  • Tourist boats/fishing trips
  • Eco‐tourism
  • Festivals
  • Hunting

thermometer

We have raised

Your donation is contributed towards the new museum

Donate to Rakiura Museum
PayPal

Connect with us

Follow Rakiura Museum and get the latest news

1,300,000

News by email

Sign up to receive our monthly e-Newsletter to hear about Stewart Island and it's history