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We here, at the Maori and Colonial Museum would like to Wish Everybody a Safe and Merry christmas.
If you would like the most up to date news on the Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum, please go to our Website’s Home Page and click on the Facebook Link which will take you straight to our Facebook Page where you can see up to date photos, posts, videos of the museum. Thank You.
Okains Bay Museum Newsletter December


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This Town TVNZ

It has been over a month since our special Museum in Okains Bay aired on TV One, This Town, Episode 6. We have had many people ring us and come visit the Museum as a result. We would like to thank TVNZ and those whom support the Museum. If you missed the Episode, you can go to TVNZ On Demand or go to the link below.


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Waitangi Day Celebrations February 6th 2015

Things are well under way now in preparation for our Annual Waitangi Day Celebrations on February 6th 2015. Our program for the days events will be posted shortly, and am looking forward to sharing our 40th year of operation with you.

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Custodian Position

It is with great sadness I have to inform everyone that I will be leaving the Museum and Okains Bay. We are moving back to Christchurch at the end of this school term.

This has left a position for a custodian available and comes with an on site 4 bedroom house.
The position is for a family with primary school aged children to help sustain our local school.
If you or you know of anyone who would love to live in an amazing place, close to a safe and fabulous beach then call the Museum on 03 304 8611 for more information on the position or to leave your details.

Okains Bay is a great place to live and work, with the community making you feel welcome from the day you arrive.
There is a local store with post attached and of course a very good local full primary school.
We are very sad to leave this touch of paradise but if you love the thought of rural living, this is the place to be.
Only approx. 20 minuets to Akaroa, 30 to Little River and 90 to Christchurch.

If you have never been to Okains Bay….well its about time you came on over to see what we love so much!

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A touch of Paradise!

the weather has warmed slightly and it seems the sun is trying very hard to chase away our winter blues.

The daffodils are starting to appear all over the Bay as are the wee lambs and calves. There is new growth on roses and blossoms on trees….a real sign that spring is in the air!

We are now only a month away from the official tourist season which we are looking forward to. The first cruise ship docks into Akaroa Harbour on 7th October.

We have been having school groups in right through winter with some days being extremely cold for the children so the forge has been lit for them to stand around and keep warm (and of course to have a go at shaping a horse shoe as part of their activities).
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(photo of Murray Thacker shaping some metal on the anvil that the school children used).

Lets hope the weather keeps improving so not only can we get more visitors but they can make a day of it and picnic at the beach when they come.

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Come and live in beautiful Okains Bay.


This maybe of interest to some family:

There are two family homes up for rent in Okains Bay.
House 1.
Two stories.
3 bedrooms with log fire and wet back, Open plan kitchen and dinning, separate lounge.
Garage, chook house and vege garden.
10 minutes stroll to beach which is one of the safest swimming beaches on Banks Peninsula.

House 2.
Two stories.
4 bedroom house with log fire and wet back. Also heat pump (very warm and EQC repairs done). large 4-6 bay garage.
Chook house, green house and large vege garden area.
5 minutes from beach (20 min walk)
This house is attached to the local store and across the road from the school.


Both houses available for rent at $200/week to families with children.

Positives for living in Okains Bay:
Very good, small school. Highly recommended!
Small supportive community that has regular get togethers.
Fabulous local store with post centre.
Safest beach for swimming on Banks Peninsula.
Great country life style.
25 mins to Akaroa, 30 mins to Little River and 1.25 hours to Christchurch.

Shall try to post some photo’s of house 1 in next day or two.
For more information contact Murray Thacker 03 304 8614.

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Alister Fraser came to the Museum on the 19th of July 2014 to play and record our Taonga Puroro (traditional Maori musical instruments). They sounded amazing!!
To thank us for allowing him to play these artifacts and to aid in supporting the care of them and the other taonga (treasures) we have, Alister has set up a pledge page to help him raise enough money to produce beautiful CD’s for us to sell. All the money from each CD will go into the preservation of the artifacts.

To find out more of Alister’s plan go to this link:


or to hear a snippet of the instruments Alister played at the Museum go to this link:


Alister also has other albums he has recorded which are awesome recordings using stunning traditional instruments some of which he has made himself.
I am currently listening to:


as I type this blog. I definitely need to purchase this myself to go with our collection at home!

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