RECENT NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
MOTAT SOCIETY 2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The AGM was held on 22 Oct at Cropper House, MOTAT and the following Guests gave presentations which were very well-received.
An entertaining and informative evening was enjoyed by all who attended.
Friday 20 March 2020:
MOTAT closes to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission
Words from Michael Frawley, Chief Executive MOTAT...
"To all our supporters,
Our vision is to inspire the innovators of tomorrow. But right now, we need to focus on today and on the health and welfare of our visitors, staff and volunteers as the nation comes together to combat the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
In the light of the Minister of Health’s announcement yesterday regarding gatherings of 100 people or more and our discussions with Auckland Council, we have decided to close our sites at Great North Road and Meola Road to the public at 5pm today until further notice.
Our educational STEM Cells will still be visiting schools in the Auckland Region in line with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Educations guidelines so that our children can continue to learn and be inspired during these troubling times.
While our doors will be closed for a while, our amazing collection - and the inspirational stories it contains - remains open to you online. You can discover our collection at https://collection.motat.org.nz/ We are also putting our creativity to use to find new ways to ignite your curiosity and lift your spirits via the MOTAT website and our social media channels – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram while we are closed.
The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and given the uncertainty we are all facing together, it is not possible to say, at this stage, when we will reopen to the public. Rest assured though, the MOTAT Team will be working away in the background on our fantastic collection and new ways to fire up our visitors’ imaginations, so that we are ready to welcome you back when we reopen
For the time being, stay safe and take care.
Ngā mihi nui
Chief Executive MOTAT"
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ABOUT THE MOTAT SOCIETY
The MOTAT Society was originally formed in 1960 with the aim of establishing and running the Museum of Transport and Technology at the current Western Springs site in Auckland, with the addition soon after of the secondary site at Meola Rd. MOTAT opened to the public officially in 1964 and since then has continually grown and developed its collections and activities.
Although the MOTAT Society no longer directly runs the museum, today it acts as a supporting society, offering an extended knowledge base in support of the Museum's preservation and conservation efforts. The Society's membership is made up of current and former MOTAT volunteers and staff, and general enthusiasts with transport, technology and heritage interests, as well as affiliations with kindred organisations.
The Society aims to support MOTAT through the specialist knowledge contained within its membership on matters affecting MOTAT's artifacts, restoration and conservation issues, and general collection advice. It also aims to maintain and recognise the historic foundations of the museum and its collections, as well as recognising the efforts of those involved now and in the past.
MOTAT Society members receive up to three issues of 'The Driving Wheel' magazine per year, plus the 'Squeaky Wheel' newsletter. The Society occasionally puts on 'Behind the Scenes' events for its members and affiliates.
It is hoped that through the sharing of knowledge between the different groups of people involved with the 'hands on' heritage sector, cross-pollination will occur that will be beneficial to all involved.
Further information and previous issues are available here
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