Funding grant announced for Kiwi North
1st August 2020
Kiwi North recognized by the Strategic Tourism Asset Protection Programme
There was jubilation at Kiwi North on Friday with the announcement of a $400,000.00 grant from the Strategic Tourism Asset Protection Programme. Kiwi North is owned and governed by the Whangarei Museum and Heritage Trust.
There are really no words to describe the relief of knowing that our team, the Museum collections, our education and community programmes and the living taonga in the Kiwi House are secure for another two years. Although the future is far from predictable. we can now go forward with more confidence.
The grant addresses the deficit in operating income lost with visitor revenue halved due to the loss of the international market, plus the funds needed to do long awaited repairs to the Museum’s 36 year old roof. It also contains the final funding necessary to commence the extensive conservation project of Glorat, the Clarke Homestead, a Grade II Heritage NZ listed building, protecting the significant funds already raised towards this capital project.
The collation, packing and storing of Glorat’s collection, will provide employment, as well as work for the builders contracted to do the conservation work.
We are extremely grateful and proud of the recognition of Kiwi North as a strategic asset of the Tai Tokerau Northland’s tourism network. This formal acknowledgement of its value to the tourism sector is intrinsic to the organisations future.
Allie Fry, Director Operations, Kiwi North
Linda Ace, Director Strategy and Finance, Kiwi North