New Zealand has a rich and varied Maritime Heritage, our ancestors both Polynesian and European relied on the ocean for transport, food, and trade. Many New Zealanders are unaware not only of the scope and origins of our Maritime Heritage but also its importance.
MAANZ main objective is to be a voice for our Maritime Heritage.
Each year many relics and artifacts that reflect our Maritime Heritage
are lost forever. Members of MAANZ are working together as an
Association and as individuals to bring about a change in awareness.
MAANZ publishes some of its research material and makes this publicly available in report form. The most recent report 'Riddle of the Rifleman' was launched at a MAANZ event in May 2012.
The mystery surrounding the name of this wreck and the artifacts recovered from the wreck site beneath the storm-lashed cliffs of the Auckland Island were primarily responsible for MAANZ's development of its metals conservation laboratory.
Read more about MAANZ reports under the 'Reports and Articles' menu item.
All lectures are presented at the Wellington Museum and start at 7-30pm. A gold coin
donation is requested to cover the cost of a light supper at the conclusion of
Any inquiries should be made to
Malcolm McGregor - (04) 5660278 (after work hours). The
lecture series is expanded or amended during the course of the year.
Most lectures are recorded on video and are available to MAANZ members on DVD. The video library is extensive, see the list here.
The forthcoming lecture topics for 2017 are:
21 June 2017: Rudiger Mack “Abel Tasman 375th Anniversary Discovery of NZ” and Anchor lost in Tasmania
19 July 2017: John Brown "Some Myths about Some Maritime Accidents" with USSCo, Cook Strait Ferries, WHB pilot, Pilot Captain during Wahine event
16 August: Dr Bridget Buxton "Recent Mediterranean Underwater Discoveries"
20 September 2017: Bob McDougal "The Night Hitler's Navy Came to Wellington" (TBC))
18 October 2017: John Ackrill "75th Anniversary of the sinking of the Awatea on 11 Nov 1942"
29 November 2017: MAANZ Christmas Film Evening, Time Cinema
A field trip is also planned
MAANZ Members receive a monthly newsletter, the 'New Zealand Maritime Archaeology Monthly'.
An index of previous newsletter topics is available here. (PDF 4.5 MB)
MAANZ wishes to acknowledge the generous support and patronage of Seaworks New Zealand Ltd. Seaworks actively supports MAANZ maritime archaeological and metals conservation activities.
MAANZ is pleased to have Heritage New Zealand as a member. Many of MAANZ's activities relate to historic sites and it is very pleasing to have HNZ's awareness and guidance as we develop maritime archaeological projects that are in both of our areas of knowledge and interest.
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