Kauri museum staff are thrilled to be open to visitors again

Iconic museum is open again

by Paul Campbell

The Kauri Museum at Matakohe swung open its doors again, after being closed for seven weeks, the longest shutdown in its history, as alert level two came into effect last week.

“The Covid-19 lockdown period has seen the longest closure in the 58 years since the museum was first opened in 1962,” said general manager, Dr Tracey Wedge.

“As a self-funded charity, we rely entirely on admissions revenue and sales in our retail store for our operational budget, and like all businesses in New Zealand, this closure has been a challenge financially. The government wage subsidy was gratefully accepted.

“Recovery from this pandemic will be slow for rural businesses like ours, but we are optimistic for the opportunities ahead to strengthen our community partnerships locally and nationally,” Dr Wedge added.

“We are a museum that puts our collections and our community at the heart of our thinking. There is plenty of space to visit the museum safely in your bubble as you explore the kauri story. We take the safety of our visitors and staff seriously and will be following health and safety guidelines by recording tracing contact details upon entry. Hand sanitiser stations are located throughout the museum, and we have set up a rigorous cleaning regime for public spaces.”

See kaurimuseum.com for more information and upcoming events. Enquiries on 09 431 7417 or by emailing info@kaurimuseum.com.