The Museum is supported by a huge volunteer effort, both on individual projects (such as the restoration of the Old School), on the organising and running of Waitangi Day and on the custodianship of particular collections. Volunteers run the gamut of the community from local residents, iwi, holiday home owners and visitors. Many people have dedicated years of their lives to working on particular collections or supporting the Museum on its Board and at innumerable working bees. The Board has recognised the importance of registering the amount of volunteer help given to the Museum and is attempting to institute a “Voluntary Hours” register.
Many of the regular volunteers are registered as the Friends of Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum, paying a subscription which goes toward Museum funds, receiving newsletters and invitations to special functions at the Museum.
Please contact the Museum if you would like to become a Friend of Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum