Army Museum News
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Our hearts and thoughts go out to the Akehurst family who lost their little boy Lance last week. Lance visited the National Army Museum last month as part of the Make-A-Wish programme and had a fun day out with his family as part of a wider trip organised by the Foundation. We are honoured to have been part of one of Lance’s many exciting adventures in his short life. Our thoughts are with Lance’s family.
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
The National Army Museum has been recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading tourism operators by Qualmark – tourism’s official quality assurance.
To earn this mark of quality we undergo a comprehensive on site assessment each year to ensure we have met all the appropriate criteria, focusing on service, facilities, safety and operating systems we have in place and our environmental footprint.
We have been working hard in recent years to ensure we reduce our energy consumption and waste production and have gained an ‘Enviro Bronze’ branding in recognition of this.
Our challenge as responsible tourism operators is to continue to identify ways we can further reduce our footprint. If you have any suggestions please send them through!
Friday, August 26th, 2011
The Make A Wish Foundation helped four year old Lance Akehurst make his wish to travel and visit family and friends in a campervan come true. Luckily for the National Army Museum, Lance, his sister Amy, and their Mum and Dad, decided they would love to stop and visit us along the way.
Knowing of their imminent arrival, the Education Team prepared a couple of rank identifying badges, and some exciting activities and goodies for the family. Lance and Amy particularly loved dressing up in Army DPM’s (uniform) in the Kids HQ, and having a ride on the M548 tracked carge carrier.
“Make -A-Wish grants the wishes of children (3-17 years) with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Granting a wish creates a piece of pure magic which can provide an escape for children and their families facing the most challenging times”. (Make A Wish Foundation)
Monday, August 22nd, 2011
The story of New Zealand’s wartime rugby playing hereos is the focus of an exciting new exhibition, “Khaki & Black – New Zealand’s Rugby Supremacy in Times of War” which was opened on Saturday.
Who better to open such an exhibition than two of the four remaining members of the famous 1945-46 “Kiwis” Army Rugby Team, rugby great Stan Young and All Black legend Bob Scott.
Bob Scott, arguably one of New Zealand’s best fullbacks to have worn the All Black jersey true to history took off his shoes and socks and together with Stan Young, a forward they both kicked a goal to open the exhibition.
At the end of the war in 1945, a rugby team was selected from the battlefields of North Africa and Europe following a series of trials. The team played with determination and pride in the ‘silver fern’ on their jerseys and soon became known as “The Kiwis”. Freyberg fostered the idea of playing a brand of attacking rugby that thrilled the crowds and raised morale in war-torn Europe, and thus the Kiwis created a renewed interest in the great game of rugby.
It was both an honour and a pleasure to meet these 2 gentlemen who were very entertaining, providing staff at the Museum with not only some great stories of the rugby and war years but also plenty of laughs. Special thanks to Stan, Bob and Bob’s son Bruce.
Monday, March 7th, 2011
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
A group of 8 Mokai Gravity Canyon Staff swapped bridge swinging for riding an armoured personnel carrier at the National Army Museum last week as part of a staff team building day.
Friday, January 28th, 2011
The National Army Museum recently supported the Wings Over Wairarapa Airshow with several military vehicles from its collection including the SAS 1951 Series 1 80in Land Rover, a KTM motorcycle loaned from the NZSAS, and our M548 and M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers. (more…)
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
The National Army Museum would like to wish everyone a happy New Year with a new Internet offer. Visit the National Army Musuem during January and February 2011 and go in the draw to win a $1000 grocery voucher (not valid for complimentary or group discounted admission).
Simply print off this coupon and bring it with you when you visit the Museum.
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
The National Army Museum is pleased to announce a Christmas offer. We are running a Christmas weekday buy one get one free special on all individual admission ticket prices between now and Christmas Day (does not include already discounted family and group rates). (more…)
Sunday, November 14th, 2010
The Department of Conservation, Horizons Regional Council and the Army are supporting the Waiouru Primary School with a 5 year project to develop a native garden in the area just north of the National Army Museum. (more…)