Flooding at the Otago Settlers Museum complex earlier this
year has resulted in damage, clean-up costs and repairs
totalling $45,000, museum organisers say.
Scores of artefacts stored in a transport artefact repair
area and nearby bus garage at the museum were damaged after a
water main burst, and water flowed inside the southern end of
the complex, early on April 4.
The museum's public display areas and storage facilities
elsewhere in the complex were unaffected.
The settlers museum and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery are
both owned by the city council and operated through Dunedin
City Museums, its museums unit.
Grant McDonald, the acting manager of Dunedin City Museums,
said that, of the overall $45,000 flooding costs, $28,000 was
spent to clean up the water and debris washed into the
building when a nearby water main blew out.
All the items stored in the affected areas had had to be
shifted, he said in an interview.
The cost of making repairs to restore all water-affected
items to their previous condition had been assessed at a
further $18,000, he said.
"No item was found to be irreparable as a result of the
inundation," he added.
All work associated with this incident was covered by the
city council's insurers, with the first $10,000 of the
overall costs paid, as an excess, by the council's
self-insurance fund, he said.
The flooding was discussed at a recent meeting of the
settlers museum board, when a financial report for the 12
months until June 30 was tabled.
The museum ended the financial year with a $6000
The report noted that income was $93,000 higher than
initially projected, offsetting spending which was $87,000
higher than budget.
Bequests had contributed to the admissions and general
revenue section being $56,000 better than budget.
Grants from the Otago Settlers Association for the Pixietown
display last December and for the later centennial
celebrations had contributed to a $41,000 better-than-budget
outcome in the education and visitor programmes section of
Other increased income had come from the museum's popular
Walk the City walking tours.
Amid the higher-than-budgeted spending, collections
management spending was $33,000 worse than budget, partly as
a result of further funding for cataloguing staff.
Some conservation spending resulting from the flooding was to
be recovered from an insurance claim, the report noted.
Mr McDonald said in an interview that the overall financial
outcome was positive after a busy year of exhibitions and