Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Last minute donation concludes fundraising

Last minute donation concludes fundraising

With a generous grant of $2,500,000 the ASB Community Trust has completed the necessary funding for Auckland War Memorial Museum to open the much awaited Grand Atrium Building Project on time to the public in early December this year. It also rounds the total donated to the Museum since March 1990 to an unprecedented $18,000,000 making Auckland Museum the Trust’s largest grantee since its formation in 1988. The $12,900,000 in total grants for the Atrium project are the largest ever dispersed for a single project.

The Auckland War Memorial Museum is immensely grateful for the major funding it has received from the ASB community Trust during both its first stage of refurbishment (1994-99), and its subsequent Stage II extension and development (2000-06). “A total of $18,000,000 has been donated to the Museum over its two stages of development” said Museum Director, Dr Rodney Wilson. “I invite Aucklanders to think what our city would be like if there had been no ASB Community Trust” he said. “The Trust has received two tranches of capital from the sale of the ASB Bank to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia a decade and a half ago, and through prudent investment and management has increased that capital by a third while, at the same time, distributing more than half a billion dollars to the Auckland Northland Region. This money has gone into cultural, educational, sporting, health and welfare projects – large and small – to the immense benefit of the region. Who would have provided that money, had there been no ASB Community Trust?” he asked.

The Trust says it gave the atrium project strong financial backing because the museum is valued by the community.
“We see the atrium project as enriching a national cultural resource,” said ASB Community Trust CEO Jennifer Gill. “The museum advances our national aspirations and expresses a national sense of identity and character. It also provides an educational arena to learn and compare our cultures, national and international differences and identities. It receives half a million visitors a year and, since our first major donation towards the refurbishment in November 1995, more than four million people have benefited from the enhanced exhibitions and amenities,” Ms Gill concluded.

The ASB Community Trust’s decision to provide a final major grant to close twelve years of capital fundraising for the redevelopment of Auckland War Memorial Museum, completes one of the country’s largest fundraising initiatives. In that period a total of $108,000,000 has been raised from Government, special Local Government levies for the Stage I development, and a host of charitable entities, NZ Lottery Grants Board, individuals, families, family trusts and corporates. ASB Community Trust has been a lead donor, along with Government and Local Government. ”Without the ASB Community Trust, the strengthening of the Museum building, its modernization and its extension to provide modern amenities for collection care, visitors and the Museum’s educational programmes would probably not have been possible”, said Dr Wilson. “We were delighted and relieved to receive the Trust’s decision”, he said. It has been a long, hard haul and their decision to grant the last remaining funds required to complete all works was a huge relief”.

In December, this year, the wraps will come off Auckland War Memorial Museum’s final stage of redevelopment – the Grand Atrium. Refurbishment of the existing building commenced in late 1994 and although the redevelopment has taken place in two discrete stages, separated by restoration of the Museum Library in 2000 and 2001, the Museum will have seen continuous building activity for twelve years. During that time the original building has been seismically strengthened, and the building fabric restored, new services introduced, some new galleries built, all its exhibitions renewed, Conservation laboratories and a new Herbarium built, the Library restored, a two storey underground carpark built, storage facilities for the Museum’s heritage collections added, workshops and security facilities provided, an 850m2 special exhibitions gallery provided, an additional retail shop and café introduced, the Stevenson Discover Centres added, a 200 seat amphitheatre included, office and work space provided for staff, and a major roof top Events Centre constructed. Two new Applied Arts and Design galleries will also open in October and November concurrently with the second stage development. Apart from the building of a new museum – Te Papa – in Wellington a few years ago, this is substantially the biggest museum building project undertaken in New Zealand for many decades.

The outstanding achievement of presenting a new world class facility to the people of Auckland will be celebrated with a function at Auckland Museum on Monday 17 July at 6pm, preceded by guided tours at 5.15pm. The Prime Minister Helen Clark will be the keynote speaker. In addition to acknowledging the generosity of donors to the Museum she will also make an important announcement regarding some structural changes to the ASB Community Trust.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election