Behind every small museum across the country is an army of talented volunteers contributing to the national heritage through the protection and promotion of images, artefacts and taonga in their care.

The first exhibit is a room detailing the timeline of Devonport history

I was reminded of this when I visited two very different museums at Devonport recently: Devonport Historic Museum and Torpedo Bay Navy Museum. At each I was fortunate to be guided through by passionate and uniquely talented people who helped me achieve a better understanding of the heritage they help to protect and enhance.

This waka is the first model on the timeline and a reminder of the original inhabitants of the region

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