February Update.

Since the November’s Cobweb redevelopment article, fundraising to meet our 1/3 commitment towards the $533,629.00 cost of the Waikouaiti Coast Heritage Centre building has been reached.

Not only have we achieved the target but shot past it.

By the second week in February our grant applications for the remaining monies to the major funders will have been submitted.

We intend to hold a public meeting in May (date & venue to be advised) to enable members of our community the opportunity to be informed as to progress & latest news.

Our progress to date has taken approx. six years, with many changes to funding rules, building regulations & the need to raise funds has been difficult, but the old adage “you cannot pick up unless you bend down” seems to make sense. 

It all started with a Hat Parade, then the Garden Fete, Historic House Tours, the Food Fest (a grand day was had by all), Cross Country Walks, raffles, Brass Band Concert’s, Car Rally catering and the ongoing Museum Firewood campaign.

There’s still much work to be done, but we can add a big tick to this stage of the Museums fundraising endeavours to date.


Grand Vision for Heritage Centre

The Waikouaiti Coast Heritage Centre is planning to construct a 400sqm building on vacant land behind the existing historic Museum. This will house an exhibition gallery, collection storage, workshop, staff room and public research facilities. It will also act as a Visitor Information Centre.

The Centre will be financed largely by the fundraising efforts of the Waikouaiti Museum Society which is planning a comprehensive calendar of events. The Society also gratefully accepts donations from organisations and individuals who understand the value that a high quality heritage centre brings to a community.

Once the new exhibition centre is complete, the existing building will be refurbished and undergo structural strengthening. It is currently a Grade 2 listed building with the Historic Places Trust but application has been made for a review to grant it Grade 1 status.

Fundraising efforts to date

To date the Waikouaiti Museum Society has raised 1/3rd of the fundraising towards the project.


New image of the the proposed new Waikouaiti Coast Heritage Centre coming soon.