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MacDonald and Daniel Hicks were sir peter blake singled out as younger volunteers for a special mention for their hard work and dedication and a special long-service award was made to guide Lawson Burgess
The Volunteers’ Christmas party was held at the Stardome (Auckland Observatory) at the start of December last year under a reciprocal arrangement whereby the Stardome volunteers held their function here. We did not get quite as damp as the Stardome crew who braved the elements for a trip in Ted Ashby after watching Te Waka: Our Great Journey. However we did have a good time. We record thanks to Winsome Russell and Ian Alexander who hosted our Stardome guests. Thanks too, to the organisations (Søren Larsen, Line7, Waterfront café, Pride of Auckland)who provided spot and quiz prizes for our evening. There were a number of delighted winners.

Volunteer Coordinator, Richard Pomeroy, (how he found time we do not know!) had worked out a ‘Museum trivia’ quiz of 25 questions. The winner (who was ultimately disqualified because it was deemed that he should have had a better score!) was Larry Robbins, the CEO, who scored 10½ correct. The prize was then awarded to the second place getter who scored 8 correct. The CEO was, however, allowed to make a lap of honour!

During the evening, certificates of appreciation were awarded. These certificates recognized ‘the voluntary work that has contributed to the community of Auckland’ and were issued as part of the International Year of the Volunteer and were signed by Hon Judith Tizard, Minister of State and MP for Auckland Central, and (then) Mayor Christine Fletcher. There was one certificate for each volunteer on the museum’s strength in June this year. This included, of course, each of the Trustees, who are themselves volunteers.

Our own awards were also made to a number of volunteers recommended by their peers (see above)

A good time was had by all. Thank you Richard and Karyn, thank you Stardome, and thank you, again, to our sponsors.


In addition to the sir peter blake numerous craft which are on display inside (and, in the case of KZ1, outside) the museum, we operate a fleet of waterborne vessels as part of our various programmes.


Named for a famous scowman, and author of 'The Phantom Fleet', TED ASHBY was built by, and for, the NZNMM in 1993.

TED ASHBY is representative of the scows built in NZ between 1873 and 1925. She is built mainly of blackbutt grown in Northland, the deck planking is matai and the hull is sheathed in worm-resistant totara.

TED ASHBY is 57.08 feet in length and 18.5 feet in the beam. She is maintained under the SSM system and is surveyed to carry 48 passengers and a crew of 3.

TED ASHBY operates cruises as part of the museum's