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 2019 are:
20 February 2019 “Ancient eels, a Cannonball and a Hidden Tunnel”. A presentation by Mary O’Keeffe about an amazing 7000year old Aborigine eel farming site, plus updates on two of her current Wellington - based projects (including a cannonball and a waterfront tunnel....).
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.
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
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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