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Aviation museum will increase open hours

Gisborne Aviation Preservation Society (GAPS) has changed its name to Tairawhiti Aviation Museum and plans to open its doors more often to cater for school groups, tourists and the public.

The organisation has formed a trust to manage the museum and its interests there.

“We intend to open the hanger for an extra day a week, on a Tuesday, from 9am to 4pm,” said museum spokesman Dick Neill.

“We want to better expose the facility as an addition to Gisborne’s tally of attractions for tourists, the local populace and schools in particular.”

The museum has been open only from 9am till 1pm on Sundays, plus on request.

Mr Neill said the organisation decided to form a trust to protect the museum because it is a community asset.

“We felt the museum was a bit vulnerable because of changes in the way community facilties are now administered under current legislation.

“The increase in hours is obviously to make the museum more accessible.

“We will consider increasing the opening hours further if the demand is there from the public.”


READY FOR TAKE-OFF: Youngsters from Gisborne’s home-based childcare and education centre Nurtured at Home visited the aviation museum and Amber Lace-Karaka (4) enjoyed hopping into the cockpit of one of the aircraft for a quick spin. Picture by Liam Clayton
Nutured at home visiting GAPS museum for their Discovery day - Lorraine Makoni 1.
Nutured at home visiting GAPS museum for their Discovery day - Mesalina Suluka with Baini Suluka 3.