Lakes District Museum reopenings in Arrowtown

The future of the Queenstown Lakes District’s past is safe following a mammoth seismic-strengthening and restoration project at Arrowtown’s Lakes District Museum.

Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash, Southland MP Joseph Mooney, Otako Runaka representative Paulette Tamati-Elliffe and former museum trust chairman Taylor Reed were among the invited guests at the official reopening of the museum yesterday morning — a moment eight years in the making.

Museum director David Clarke said about 2014, following the Canterbury earthquakes, he engaged engineers to look at the museum’s two category 2 heritage buildings, the former Bank of New Zealand building, which dates back to 1875, and its associated stables.

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