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Sir Peter Blake Waterfront Tribute ready to go

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30 April 2008

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Sir Peter Blake Waterfront Tribute ready to go

The New Zealand National Maritime Museum has announced at a function in Auckland today that funding is in place to proceed with building BLUE WATER BLACK MAGIC – A TRIBUTE TO SIR PETER BLAKE. The project has been in an intensive fundraising phase for almost 2 years, to meet the full cost of the building and exhibition - $8.9 million. Grants, sponsorship and individual donations have been secured over this time, to reach this target, and building tenders will be called in May.

“We are very excited to be at this stage of the project. It has been an enormous undertaking, raising the funds needed to build this wonderful waterfront Tribute exhibition,” Alastair Aitken, Chairman of the Maritime Museum said today. “We are well progressed with working plans to enable us to secure a building consent, and we’ve already obtained all our resource consents. We expect to call for tenders in May and commence work around July this year.”

When the project was first presented in 2003, it was agreed that the design would be redeveloped and the costs of the project reduced. A new design by renowned Auckland architect, Pete Bossley, was announced in May 2006 reducing the overall cost of the project by an estimated $3.5 million. The new building will replace a segment of the New Zealand National Maritime Museum where the current Hall of Yachting is housed – at the northern end of Hobson Wharf in the Viaduct Harbour.

The exhibition it will house, BLUE WATER BLACK MAGIC – A TRIBUTE TO SIR PETER BLAKE features as its core, a tribute to the leadership and legacy of Sir Peter Blake, within the context of the history of New Zealand yachting and this country’s tradition of innovative yacht design, past and present and looking to the future. The exhibition emphasises learning and engagement with young people, with interactive elements to inspire teamwork and achievement.

The centre piece of the exhibition is NZL 32 Black Magic, the yacht on which Team New Zealand, led by Sir Peter Blake, won the America’s Cup for New Zealand in 1995. NZL 32 was gifted to Te Papa and the people of New Zealand by Team New Zealand in 2001. It will now be suspended in the Hall of Yachting, and the accompanying exhibition will surround the yacht over three levels.

Funds have been secured for the project from a range of public and private sources. Initial core funding was committed by the New Zealand Government ($2.5 million) and Auckland City Council ($2 million). The Lion Foundation and ASB Community Trust were the first funding agencies to commit support and their $500,000 grants were matched by The Southern Trust and Perry Foundation. The Lottery Grants Board Environment & Heritage Committee awarded $400,000 late in 2007. These commitments from Government, public, gaming and charitable agencies, are
augmented by commercial sponsorship and private donor
investment from Viaduct Harbour Holdings Limited, Louis
Vuitton, Tindall Foundation and three private individual donors.
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The total raised for the project meets the budgeted cost of developing the building and exhibition.

Mayor John Banks said today “This exhibition will be a wonderful addition to the waterfront, enhancing an area which the council recognises has huge potential. Everyone will benefit – residents of Auckland and the wider region, and visitors to our city. The engaging nature of the exhibition, and the lasting impression it will give all people will dramatically improve the waterfront experience for decades to come.”

Te Papa’s Chairman, John Judge, said today that the National Museum was delighted to be able to lend NZL 32 Black Magic to the Tribute exhibition and to have worked in partnership with the New Zealand National Maritime Museum to develop the project. “NZL 32 is a significant national treasure and I can think of no better place for it to be displayed than as the centerpiece of the Sir Peter Blake Tribute exhibition at the New Zealand Maritime Museum in the Viaduct Harbour, a harbour so closely associated with Sir Peter and many significant moments in New Zealand’s sailing history.”

“The Tribute honours the memory of Sir Peter Blake and places him in the context of the wonderful story of New Zealand yachting and innovative yacht design as a living and evolving exhibition.” Said the Prime Minister Rt Hon Helen Clark. “The exhibition is a fitting tribute to a great New Zealander and will be an inspiration particularly for young people. It will teach them about leadership and taking risks in order to achieve goals. It’s a great New Zealand story. We are also very pleased that Pippa Blake and Sir Peter’s family who have followed the development of the project are so supportive of it”.

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