The New Council was not able to rent or sell the deteriorating building a problem which occasioned increasing concern ..However thanks to the efforts of Anne Thorpe, who mobilised strong local support the Trust was inaugurated in 2003 thus ensuring both the establishment of the museum and the buildings preservation.
The building has since been awarded historic status, a Preservation plan by a recognised authority has been formulated and both the external façade and unique interior have been successfully refurbished. In addition there have been several exhibitions every year attracting numerous visitors, a substantial collection of local artefacts has been acquired, whilst much historical research has been undertaken including many Oral history interviews. Currently the Museum is cooperating with the local Returned Servicemans Association together with other Local and National organisation in planning a major 2014 exhibition reflecting the centennial of the 1914/18 war.
The success of the museum over the last ten years largely reflects financial support from the Kapiti Coast District Council, from the Otaki community and from charitable organisations. Even more important has been the dedicated contribution of its elected trustees supported by many local volunteers and friends.
Visit the Otaki Museum - Opening Times: Thursday - Saturday 10.00am - 2.00pm at 49 Main Street, Otaki
Author - Len Bayliss, Otaki