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Matakohe’s iconic Kauri Museum raising life-saving funds

Visitors to Northland are being encouraged to take advantage of the Brynderwyn closure to visit New Zealand’s iconic Kauri Museum.

And by doing so, they will be contributing vital funds to the life-saving Northland Rescue Helicopter service.

That’s because Kauri Museum Director Jason Smith says children can tour the museum with a gold coin donation throughout the multi-week Brynderwyn closure, with all money raised being gifted to the Northland Rescue Helicopter service.

“Let’s face it, this is a service here for all Northlanders and visitors to our region and its crews save dozens of lives each year while completing over 1000 flights annually, so we all have an obligation to support it with donations as you just never know when you might need it to rescue you,” says Mr Smith.

“As charitable trust ourselves, I believe it is important to help other notable charitable trusts in Northland – particularly in tough times.

“My father had his life saved by a rescue helicopter in 2000, so I know the positive outcome services like this can provide. My logic in doing this fundraiser to never let a good crisis go to waste.”

Mr Smith hopes people realise that the while the Brynderwyn route is shut, the detour at Paparoa puts motorists within 6km (a seven minute drive) of the Kauri Museum and our wonderful café. In reality, that puts next to no additional time on your trip, he adds.

“So why not break up the journey and swing by and see us, stretch your legs while you take in a chunk of Northland’s history and enjoy a lovely meal and fabulous coffee across the road at Gumdiggers Café.”

“The State Highway 1 detour actually brings the main traffic flow 20km closer to the Kauri Museum than normal.”

Mr Smith says it is the perfect chance to discover what nearly two million people have already discovered at this great visitor attraction.

“The Kauri Museum is in the same place it’s been for the last sixty-two years – now more than ever, safely off to the side of the troublesome and constantly inconvenient Brynderwyns.”

Sadly, a coachload of cruise ship visitors look likely to cancel their March 7 visit to the Kauri Museum because they can’t get from Northport to Matakohe with the Brynderwyns closed – the only tourism experience in Northland to be affected in this way, says Mr Smith.

Northland Rescue Helicopter Fundraising and Marketing Manager Jan Hewitt says she is grateful for the Kauri Museum’s support.

“Fundraising efforts like his help us immensely throughout the year, as every dollar makes a difference in helping fund our daily operational costs,” says Mrs Hewitt.

“We were pleased to support the Kauri Museum during our 2023 annual fundraising appeal, when we swung by with MoreFM Northland and our ambassador John Markby. Jason was very kind in organising some locals to come and see us and donate. That helped us raise over $80k in one day!”


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