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Whether you would like to support MTG Hawke’s Bay through a gift to the collection, a donation towards acquiring a work for the collection, the conservation and care of the collection or supporting our education programmes, there is an opportunity to be involved.

Donate & Support MTG

For 150 years MTG Hawke’s Bay has been at the cultural heart of Hawke’s Bay. The institution has prospered thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of benefactors who have built and cared for our collections; supported research and public programmes and endowed new buildings and facilities. Financial support enables MTG to build on this legacy for future generations and there are many ways you can help, from sponsoring a new exhibition to donating to the collection.

Volunteer at the museum

The skills, knowledge and energy of our volunteers are a vital ingredient in all of the work we do and offers an interesting and worthwhile experience, and opportunity, to work with like-minded people interested in the art, history and culture of New Zealand.

We have volunteer opportunities across the institution and are particularly keen to recruit hosts to help us share our stories with visitors to the Hawke’s Bay Museum.

Some testimonials from a few of our current volunteers:

"I have been a volunteer for many years and enjoy being part of the Museum’s family. The staff have always made me feel like one of the team even though I only work a few hours every fortnight. I regard museums as being essential to preserving the history of a city and we have a wonderful building and collection in Napier that enables the staff to put on excellent displays. It is always a pleasure to walk around and view them when on duty. My regular duty is to be available in the upper galleries to answer questions and to help visitors get the most out of their viewings. They come from all over the world and I have had many very interesting conversations about the exhibitions with the visitors. I also help when extra staff are required for special events and large crowds are expected. I particularly like helping when the events bring in families as I enjoy the company of children."
Christine Packer

"I am privileged to be a volunteer at MTG one morning each week. The staff provide a very warm welcome and excellent information to all the visitors and I feel very much a part of this positive team. Plus, by being included in floor talks and being at the MTG regularly I get an intimate knowledge of the wonderful exhibitions - in fact I find out something new every time I come! The MTG provides a great picture of our culture and community and the spirit and forces that have shaped it. I enjoy talking to visitors, and seeing their interest and response to the displays, and I even enjoy the more mundane tasks of helping out with repairing, cleaning and tidying."
Rose Fillary

  1. The welcome from the staff every week ensures I feel I am worthwhile
  2. The enthusiasm shown to the visitors by the staff is a model for the volunteer
  3. If visitors wish to have a conversation this generally ends up with their 'story'. I wish I had recorded the many stories which have emerged from an exhibit which had facilitated the discussion
  4. Now that admission is free volunteers are necessary when roaming to remind some people of appropriate behaviours
  5. I always come home and think about something I have learnt. It is a privilege to be able to revisit exhibits & find more detail
  6. Many people respond showing their appreciation with a word of thanks which is good for 'the soul'.
  7. The common denominator is MTG, the enormous divergence of visitors is overwhelming, especially now it is free.

Mary Wise

To find out about becoming an volunteer please talk to a member of our team next time you visit, call us on +64 6 835 7781 or email us.

Gifts to the Collection

Thank you for thinking of the MTG Hawke’s Bay as a suitable home for your gift. If you have an item you wish to donate to the collection please contact the Collections Team.

If the object does sound of interest we will then set up an appointment to view and discuss the item further with you. In all cases a proposed gift must go through an approval or acquisition process. This may take some months but at the end of it your offer will be formally acknowledged.

All gifts to the collection are held in perpetuity by the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust (HBMT). HBMT does not generally accept offers of long term loans.

Bequeathing objects
You may also like to consider making a gift through a bequest.

A bequest is a lasting memorial to your love of art, culture and heritage. It is simply a gift made through a will, which can be worded to suit your wishes.

Bequests of objects, art or estates to the collection are made out to the Hawke's Bay Museums Trust. For more information please have your lawyer or yourself contact MTG Hawke's Bay.

Making a Donation

The MTG Foundation has been set up to accept gifts that support the activities of the MTG Hawke’s Bay and that support the development and care of the Museum collection.

There are two ways you can gift funds to the MTG Foundation; a direct gift of monies or by leaving a bequest.

All donations of monies go towards the specific activities the MTG Foundation supports:

  • Collection acquisitions
  • Conservation and care of the collection
  • Education of Hawke's Bay children and visitors through the development of specific projects

The MTG Hawke’s Bay is hugely grateful for donations to the MTG Foundation. The MTG Foundation is a registered charity under the Charities Act 2005; therefore your donation may be tax deductible under New Zealand tax legislation.

For further information about tax deductible donations please refer to Inland Revenue (Inland Revenue IR 255).

To make a donation to the MTG Foundation

Please contact Sara Perrett to discuss your donation.

If you would like your donation to go towards a specific activity please let us know.

Making a Bequest

A bequest is a lasting memorial to your love of art, culture and heritage. It is simply a gift made through a will, which can be worded to suit your wishes. For instance, you may choose to leave money to:

  • support collection acquisitions
  • support the conservation of the collection
  • support education of Hawke's Bay children and visitors through the development of specific projects

You may wish to bequeath through a will:

The remainder - When you have made provision for your family and friends you may wish to leave what is left; the remainder, to the Hawke’s Bay Museums Foundation Charitable Trust

A percentage - Many people decide to share their estate between a number of people and charitable organizations. They find that stating a fraction or percentage for each one allows for inflation or possible changes in their estate.

A specific sum - You may wish to state a specific sum of money. But please remember that inflation or changes in circumstances may necessitate regular review of your will.

How to make your Bequest

While you may draft a will yourself, we recommend that you seek advice from your Solicitor or the Trust's Executive Director.

For more information please contact Sara Perrett.

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