KAPITI COAST MUSEUM CELEBRATESBy Helen Tristram 4th August 2010
The Kapiti Coast Museum has just celebrated its first 20 years (plus) with a local sequel to Kiwi-Ana — it’s called Kapiti-Ana.
It came about because the museum is run by volunteers and the committee thought it should have an exhibition devoted to some of its ‘every-day` artifacts.
These would show visitors a by-gone way of `kiwi` life on the Kapiti coast.
The Exhibition is an eclectic collection of iconic New Zealand kiwiana and includes such things as a cooking billy from the 1800s, a Hereford bone china kiwi tea set, an origami tuatara, a wicker picnic hamper, a kite made from newspaper, and of course jandles and a copy of Aunt Daisy`s cookbook.
There are lots of lovely historical photos including one from the 1800`s of the Waikanae Bank of New Zealand, the smallest in New Zealand.
Along with the original collection of radio communications and telephones, the museum houses a great collection of local historical material, old photographs and memorabilia of the Kapiti Coast.
The Kapiti Coast Museum has come a long way since the founders decided to collect unwanted pre-war radio equipment in the early 1980`s
The original Museum Society was officially founded by Radio enthusiasts, George Anderson, Roy Currie, Reg. Daniell, Len Simpson, Dr. Phil Bray and Les Wright after the local council granted them the use of the 1906 Waikanae Post office to store their collection of Radio equipment.
You can see a photograph of five of them in the museum.
The exhibition is open until October 2010.