Otaki Heritage Bank Museum
Otaki Heritage Bank Museum
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Tina Reid
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Solo
Great local museum with up to date well designed information displays.
I was delighted to find you open on a rainy day of my camper van holiday. Congratulations
Written 4 February 2022
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Alistair S
Wellington, New Zealand19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Interesting building (a typical small town bank that once would have been the grandest building in town) and local history
Written 20 November 2020
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robynann2014
Wellington, New Zealand27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
The museum is run by volunteers and opens for a few hours towards the end of the week. They change their displays regularly. Kapiti Island history is the main focus of the exhibition on now, with interesting stories, photos and history.
Written 26 November 2015
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Peter C
Wellington, New Zealand611 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
The Otaki Heritage Bank Museum occupies a building built for the Bank of New Zealand in 1918. The museum which is run by volunteers is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10:00am and 2:00pm. The current exhibition is a display commemorating the centenary of the role played by Australian and New Zealand troops in the Gallipoli campaign during WW1. The exhibition runs to the end of June 2015 after which it will move to Christchurch. The exhibition includes a display of photographs that show the conditions encountered by both sides during the conflict, medals presented and an interesting account of John Simpson and his donkey, Murphy who between them are credited with saving the lives of hundreds of wounded soldiers. A highlight of the exhibition is a list of those from the Otaki District who served in World War 1, with particular emphasis on the Gallipoli landings. Well worth a visit but be quick.
Written 13 June 2015
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poodlz
Otaki, New Zealand84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
This is a fantastic memorial to all those local folk that fought and died in World War one.Beautiful photos and helpful staff.
Written 2 May 2015
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LindsayThorpe
Kapiti Coast, New Zealand171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
A must if you have a little time in Otaki, this is a very good well presented Museum we were very surprised at the quality of a small town, obviously some very talented people involved in this one
Written 6 January 2015
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Tiaho
Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
The Otaki Museum display marking 100 years since the start of World War 1 is an interesting exercise in how a small organisation can still contribute to its community.
The museum is small. It is staffed by volunteers so has very limited opening hours but is still worth a visit.
The barbed wire and sandbags at the entrance are an enticement. While the video and the still photography are obtained from national sources, the museum staff have been able to tell a few local stories and include some less well known stories such as the New Zealand involvement in the Imperial Camel Corps.
I liked how the display had a full section on the role of women in the war along with the story of those nurses killed in the line of duty. The story about the horses who also went and never came back has been told before but is welcome here as well. There is equal attention to the role of the Maori Pioneer Battalion with a good selection of photographs of these soldiers.
Each soldier from the district has been researched and the story of his (and her) service is presented, warts and all.
I think this last part could be a challenge for all our smaller communities to revisit the names of their locals who served in the war, correct the spelling of their names, remove those with no proven connection to the locality and - most of all - include the names of those who have been left out.
It is probably a step to far to see these communities rehabilitate their citizens who were conscientious objectors or draft dodgers but steps can be made to aim for a more inclusive picture of each community's response to the war. Lest we forget.
Written 6 November 2014
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