Shame On You – Auckland Council and Auckland Maritime Museum
The management vandals at the Maritime Museum and Auckland Council are scrapping the 1926 Steam Crane Ship Rapaki. Chris McMullen advises that she will be towed to Titan Slipway today. This is very sad as John Street and Chris arranged to procure her from the Lyttleton Port Company.
She has been neglected for years. Rodney Wilson had great plans for her then sadly left.
It’s been commented to me in the past that most museums are run by academics often as a career not an interest. They don’t encourage volunteers fearing their ignorance and lack of experience will be exposed.
You have to ask the question – has this been brought ahead by the Americas cup fever?
Whats next? boat registration before the next Cup? Boating is the last Bastion of freedom. We have lived through the best times.
Rapaki’s demise has been kept from the press. But this was posted on the Net in November.
There has been no public consultation, No Public Notices or call for expressions of interest.