Steve Austin

Steve Austin Marlborough Museum

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Steve Austin
Steve Austin

“Marlborough is incredibly rich in terms of heritage nationally and internationally, and we are in the process of discovering even more.”

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Kayak the Wairau Lagoons

Kayak the Wairau Lagoons

The ship Edwin Fox

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Visit boutique wineries

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Kayak the Wairau Lagoons
Kayak the Wairau Lagoons

Talk to Steve Austin about Marlborough’s history, and he’ll talk to you of its future. “The more we understand and are connected to the past the more resilient and energised and adventurous we become,” says Marlborough Museum’s chief executive. ”It provides a way of understanding who we are and where we are heading.”

Marlborough’s heritage, from the first Polynesian settlement eight centuries ago, to the forging of the wine industry four decades ago, are stories of huge significance to the rest of the country. And those stories are developing as more information is, in some cases quite literally, unearthed. “Marlborough is incredibly rich in terms of heritage nationally and internationally, and we are in the process of discovering even more.”

Fascinating stories of Maori Moa hunters, Captain Cook’s many stays at Ship Cove, Whalers in the Marlborough Sounds, settlers in the Awatere Valley, one of the first Maori land battles at the Wairau Affray and the establishment of a world renown wine industry in Marlborough’s valleys enrich and inform the province, he says. "The thing about Marlborough is that the heritage is a thread that runs through every aspect of our landscape and community.”

With a background in arts as well as history, Steve has worked to make ensure those stories can be accessed and appreciated at the museum and beyond. “For me a museum is not a building – it’s a set of values and relationships. Our experiences and engagement are throughout the whole province from Picton to Ship cove to Havelock Museum.”

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