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December 7, 2013

This summer, instead of just one exhibition we are putting on three all with the same theme.


Treasures of our community showcases the lives of three local identities through their collections.


The first in our trilogy is Fergus Holyoake, a local historian and collector...

October 8, 2013

After nearly six years the hopes of having a permanent tobacco display at the museum were realised. The exhibition was officially opened on Saturday 28 September by John Hurley, a member of the NZ Tobacco Industry Historic Trust.

About twenty people joined us to celebra...

September 3, 2013

Our new, permanent tobacco exhibition is now open. Apart from static displays there is a screen showing the film "The End of the Golden Weed", the story of tobacco growing in the Motueka Area, with personal memories of a unique industry from the 1920 to 1990s. There is...

September 1, 2013

It’s hard to beleive the Peninsula Bridge in Ngatimoti is 100 years old! The bridge  was first opened by the Hon. R. Mackenzie, the MP for Motueka in 1913.

On 6 July 2013 Lassie turned up in all her splendor joined by a 1928 Dodge Victory, a Model T and a 1913...

August 1, 2013

We know some of Lassie’s fans really care about what’s on the inside. So here are the facts and figures:

She was originally purchased for £1,300 from Perfection Motors Ltd. Nelson in 1930.

  • Engine:                       8 cylinder 5,500 cc...

July 30, 2013

The museum has been hard at work updating  its exhibits. About this time last year we started on the installation of our new horticulture and transportation exhibit. The Fruit Garden of New Zealand, which opened in October 2012, was made possible in part thanks to a gr...

July 1, 2013

Our beloved Lassie is a 1929 Caddilac La Salle 340 V8. She was originally purchased in 1930 by W T Evans who gave her the nickname Lassie. About a decade later Bert Hickmott purchased our Lassie. In the 1940s and 50s she was used as a school bus in the Riwaka and Brook...

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