Maritime Archeological Association of New Zealand

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Gairloch, Taranaki, 1912New 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 Reports

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.

Diver surveying wharf pile

Lecture Series

MAANZ provides a number of lectures each year on maritime archaeological topics. Also, an associate group of MAANZ in Wellington, the Maritime Friends of the Wellington Museum (MFOM) independently host a series of lectures on maritime subjects. Because of our common interest area MAANZ takes pleasure in promoting these talks along with our own. Between the two lecture series we cover a wide range of very interesting maritime subjects.

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 each event. 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 2019 are:

20 March 2019 Hardwicke – The Small Town at the End of the World A presentation by Shona Riddell whose family ancestors lived on the failed settlement on Auckland Islands in the 1850s, and her book on the subject.

5 - 7 April 2019 MAANZ Field Trip - Rangitikei & Whanganui
The trip will be a journey through some of New Zealand’s Maori and colonial history with a focus on the Rangitikei-Whanganui coast and Whanganui River areas. The sites visited will cover 1800s period marae, colonial archaeology and maritime archaeology up to WW2.

13 & 14 April Maritime Archaeology Course – Contact Wellington Underwater Club [WUC] for a 2-day introduction to maritime archaeology course (no diving, suitable for non-divers), with a mix of class and field work, covering part 1 of the Australian Institute of Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) course. It will also include a scientific diver training component currently being pioneered in South Australia.

17 April 2019 Nicolle Miller and Peter Hodge, Wellington Underwater club

May 2019 Tim Skinner, Sydney Heritage Fleet

June 2019 Graeme Jupp, (topic to be advised)

July 2019 Movie evening

August 2019 (topic to be advised)

September 2019 Mike Johnson, the Robina Dunlop Project

October 2019 Jenny James, on her book “No Simple Passage: The journey of the London to New Zealand 1842”

November 2019 Xmas Function

Diver surveying wharf pile

MAANZ Newsletter

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.

Heritage New Zealand

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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