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The Treasury is a community project of The Coromandel Heritage Trust. The Trust has a Board and Committee of dedicated members from the community who are working closely with other community organisations. With financial help from donors and sponsors, The Coromandel Heritage Trust will ensure the establishment and maintenance of this special facility.

Some of the community organizations working closely with The Coromandel Heritage Trust to help The Treasury grow:

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The Thames Coromandel District Council has provided its support for The Treasury project from its inception. Council has helped financially from their Special Projects' Fund, has recognized that the former Carnegie Library would be the perfect location for a project of this nature, and has helped facilitate the process of procuring it for The Treasury.

The Thames Community Board has also given us their support with a generous donation.

'... It is easy in today's busyness to neglect or forget the footsteps of our past. The Coromandel's history has not been well served. Indeed if it were not for the efforts of a few committed individuals, there would be a huge gap in our knowledge of the past. ...... The Treasury is an investment in our cultural identity. It is truly a visionary concept. ... It's significance is immense for our Region, but it is also for our Nation, as the Coromandel Peninsula is one of the earliest settled communities in New Zealand. This Council commends the work of The Coromandel Heritage Trust. ... '
Mayor Philippa Barriball (10 Nov 2005).

' ... The Treasury is an investment in our cultural identity. It is truly a visionary concept. It is a place of mana. A place of whakapapa. A place where our identity can be preserved, protected and nourished. A place where the footsteps of the past, the present and the future will ensure the connections that make us what we are, will never be lost.'
Mayor Chris Lux (15 Oct 2004).


Tourism Coromandel is a joint venture between the Thames Coromandel District Council and the Hauraki District Council. From our inception Tourism Coromandel has provided us with advice and with practical help whenever we needed it. Our project fits into their aims and objectives for the peninsula and plains, and will attract visitors to the area.

'Tourism Coromandel wishes to place on record its unequivocal support for The Treasury project. .... The Treasury fulfils an urgent need, the need to preserve and protect our links with the past generations. .... The Treasury is a timely, relevant and visionary project that will benefit this community now and in the future. .... What better investment for us as a community?'
Jim Archibald CEO (4 October 2004).


The Department of Conservation fully support our project to provide a Heritage Center. They have provided funds to help with our Mall Display, and this will enable us to continue changing it for the next year. While their work is largely with protecting heritage sites and the environment, they are glad to see an interpretation of local history to enable people to learn more about the region's past.


Both the national body and the local branch of The Historic Places Trust have given their full support to the use of the Carnegie Building and a research and archive centre. The building is listed as a Category 2 building on their register, and will possibly be upgraded to Category 1 after it is restored.

'Reviewing your proposal for use of the building and The Coromandel Heritage Trust's commitment to respecting the heritage features and values of the place, the Historic Places Trust heartily lends its support to The Coromandel Heritage Trust in its expression of interest to Thames Coromandel District Council for the use of the building for The Treasury archival centre.'
Robin Byron, Heritage Advisor Architecture


The Coromandel Heritage Trust became involved with Te Papa when we were encouraged to undertake their 'Standards for Small Museums' course which they were implementing with other interested Hauraki groups. Although we were only in the planning stage and wondered if it would be of any use to spend the necessary time on these modules we were told it would - and indeed it was! This course aims to raise the standards of care for resources and for visitors, and makes you think about a lot of important issues - policies, volunteers, contracts, display and interpretation, conservation, partnerships etc. It is something which groups should review on a regular basis to ensure they are trying to meet these standards.

Te Papa is committed to helping the smaller museums. Our contact with their personnel has continued since we undertook this course, and we are included on mail-outs, invitations to workshops, and advice about funding opportunities - in spite of still being in the planning stages. We have been visited by their liaison officers, and we have had advice when we have asked for it. Most importantly they have been very interested in our project, have encouraged us to continue with it, and have offered any help they can give us.

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