Kaikoura Museum is governed by the Kaikoura Historical Society Inc committee. We are an Incorporated Society and registered with the Charities Commission.
The Kaikoura Historical Society was formed in 1968 and the first Museum was established in 1971 and was housed at 14 Ludstone Rd. The Historical Society had long felt that the collection had out grown its space and could be better served by moving to a more central location with more room to display the collection and Archives and run events and programmes. With the help of a $2m grant from the Lotteries Heritage Fund, many years of planning and other fundraising the new Museum was opened on 23 November 2016. We managed to open just 5 days after our scheduled official opening which was delayed due to the 14 November 7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake.
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Kaikoura Museum in the Media
Kaikoura Museum is enormously grateful for the financial support it has received from regional and national charitable trusts and foundations.
This support has enabled us to set up our new Museum and to develop programmes, events and exhibitions as well as help get us through some tough times following the November 2016 earthquake.
We are proud to acknowledge the remarkable funding support we have received from:
Kaikoura Museum has committed to Tourism New Zealand’s Tiaki Promise to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations. Tiaki means to care for people and place. New Zealand is precious and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it. By following the Tiaki promise, we are making a commitment to act as a guardian in protecting and preserving our home.
Environmental Sustainability Policy and Practice
As an entity responsible for the preservation, conservation and presentation of collections for future generations to enjoy and learn from, sustainability is essential to the work of Kaikoura Museum in every sense.
Kaikoura Museum is committed to being environmentally conscious through practices which encourage minimising waste and reducing its effect on the environment. We also commit to comply with all applicable legislation and other organisational requirements.
This commitment will be applied to all areas of Museum operation. To ensure the continual improvement throughout the Museum’s operations in regard to environmental sustainability the Museum will:
- Review this policy on an annual basis
- Communicate this policy to all interested parties including the Committee, staff, volunteers, our funders, and members.
- Include environmental issues as a standing agenda item at Committee and staff meetings
- Provide opportunities for and encourage committee members, staff and volunteers to make suggestions for improvement of our environmental practices.
- Complete an annual environmental audit identifying areas for improvement
- Ensure all other policies and practices are in line with this policy including the development of our collections management and conservation plans.
The Museum Manager is responsible for implementing this policy and in communicating it with staff and volunteers.
This policy was ratified by the Kaikoura Historical Society Committee in March 2017.