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 2018 are:

21 February 2018: “Robina Dunlop” – a presentation by Mike Johnston.

24 and 25 February 2018 Field trip to Wanganui region. Will include Robina Dunlop site by Turakina and other areas.

21 March 2018: “Abel Tasman Memorial at Golden Bay” – a presentation by Kevin Jones

10 April 2018: 50th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Wahine. A joint event with Maritime Friends and the Museum

16 May 2018 'Heritage of the Auckland Islands' with Paul Cummack

20 June 2018 Film evening: “No Ordinary Sheila”, a joint meeting with the Maritime Friends
Venue is the Time Cinema, Lyall Bay

18 July 2018 Topic to be confirmed. Talk by Andy Dodd

15 August 2018 “Tall Ships of Sydney” with Tim Skinner

19 September 2018 “Port of Waikokopu” with John Ackrill

17 October 2018 Topic to be confirmed, with John McCrystal

28 November 2018 Xmas function, venue is the Time Cinema in Lyall Bay

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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