A museum in Tauranga is moving closer to becoming a reality.
The Tauranga Moana Museum Trust has launched a new website where people can register and be informed of developments.
In January, Tauranga MP Simon Bridges called for local councils and corporates to apply to a second round of Government funding announced by Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry.
“Since opening last year this multi-million dollar [Regional Cultural Heritage] fund for capital projects has championed some tremendous projects in the regions,” says Maggie, “with $13.8 million going to Hamilton, Whanganui, Nelson, Whakatāne and Gore initiatives.”
The Tauranga Moana Museum Trust is looking forward to working closely with the Tauranga City Transformation Committee to assist in developing a detailed business case for a museum.
If approved this will lead to inclusion of the museum project in the 2018 Long Term Plan and under construction by 2020.
“This is an amazing opportunity to create a cultural economy that uses its rich history and lifestyle to create jobs and bring visitors into the region,” says Trust co-chair Dr Kelly Barclay.
“The Trust is keen to see a modern, dynamic, internationally recognised centre that brings people to Tauranga. This would provide a rich resource for locals to learn about and celebrate their history, environment and lifestyle.
“Cities such as New Plymouth are proving that the cultural economy can bring broad community benefits, people and money into the region.”
The success of the project ultimately depends on broad community support and the Trust hopes that a wide range of different groups will come on board.