The Tauranga Moana Museum Trust is happy to have a bob each way.
It's pleased the Tauranga City Council will focus on just two sites for the proposed museum – that's Willow Street and Cliff Road.
“Both sites have considerable potential for a museum,” says co-chair Kelly Barclay. “And the trust's main goal is to deliver a museum for Tauranga by 2020
He says it is important council analyses technical factors such as site geology, environmental impact, exhibition logistics, visitation, parking and shared services. It will also assess public support, city planning and Maori cultural values relating to each of the sites.
“We think the right site for the museum will become more apparent once this analysis is completed.”
In the meantime the Museum Trust is working to ensure the city gets the right type of museum - one that meets the needs of the local community as well as domestic and international visitors.
“Some of the key work at present is thinking about what will engage and entertain people of different ages and interests, what will motivate them to visit and return.
“The depth of the stories, treasures and natural history relating to this region is quite amazing. We need to be sharing them and celebrating the place we live in.
Kelly says the trust is strongly focused on the museum making sound economic sense, as well as delivering a great visitor experience.
“It's got to be relevant. Our goal is that learning about our region will be heaps of fun - with activities that make people come back to explore further.”
For further information go to www.taurangamoanamuseum.com