Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Auckland Museum's $26.5 million for redevelopment

12 May 2002
Media Statement

Budget 2002

Govt grants Auckland Museum $26.5 million for redevelopment

Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Helen Clark announced today that the government is contributing $26.5 million over five years towards the development of ‘world class’ facilities at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Speaking at a function celebrating the museum’s 150th birthday, Helen Clark said the investment was required given the national and international significance of the Auckland Museum’s collections.

The government will provide $5.3 million a year for the next five years towards the redevelopment project. The Auckland Museum will fund the balance of the $52.7 million total project cost.

The grant is to be made under the Regional Museums Policy. The government had previously announced that the funding available for regional museums was to increase from $5 million per year in 2002-3 to $7.5 million per year in 2003-4. Funding available under the Regional Museums Policy will now increase by another $2.8 million to $10.3 million per year from 2003-4.

Helen Clark said the redevelopment will enable the Museum to display, protect and conserve its highly significant collections better. They are currently at risk from ageing storage conditions.

“Auckland Museum’s collections – and in particular its Maori and Pacific collections which are second to none in the world – are part of New Zealand’s heritage and need to be conserved and protected for all New Zealanders to enjoy. The redevelopment project will enable the Museum to house the collection much better.

“It is appropriate that the government make this contribution to the Museum’s redevelopment on behalf of the whole country. The Auckland Museum is a key component in our country’s cultural framework.

“The project will see a new six floor building created, containing exhibition spaces, storage facilities, work areas, education facilities, and other public areas.

“Once completed, the redeveloped Auckland Museum will not only have world class collections, but also have world class facilities. It will be a tremendous asset for the people of Auckland, and for New Zealand as a whole, as well as engaging visitors from around the world.”

Helen Clark said further announcements on funding for regional museums and galleries from the Regional Museums Policy would be made in the upcoming budget.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders.

US President Donald Trump is kicking off his week at the UN by holding an event to promote the US document called the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem. More>>


Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>


Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>


Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>


Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels