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. Indeed it did not stop there. Unfortunately in New Zealand much of the population is blissfully unaware not only of our Maritime Heritage but also its importance.

MAANZ has many objectives which are listed within this site, our 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 also many in their own right to bring about a change.

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.


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 Museum of Wellington City and Sea (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 Museum of Wellington City and Sea 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 enquiries 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 and event dates for 2016 are:

Sat 29 Oct Captain Cook’s Birthday Celebration alongside Hikitia. Sauerkraut, cake and cannon fire.
A Maritime Friends event

Tues 8 Nov The Battlecruiser HMNZS New Zealand by Denis Fairfax.
A Maritime Friends event

Wed 30 Nov 2016 MAANZ Xmas Do at the Time Cinema, Lyall Bay


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)


Patronage

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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