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03 April 2014 - Interact with Leading Kiwi Scientists at the MOTAT Science Street Fair

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19 March 2014 - BIG CHANGE FOR MOTAT: PLAN OF INNOVATION AND INGENUITY INSPIRING YOUNG KIWIS

Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) has launched, in its 50th anniversary year,  a new five year strategic plan which focuses on using the museum’s existing heritage objects and Kiwi ingenuity and technology in a ‘hands on way’ to inspire its visitors...

03 March 2014 - MOTAT STAFF AND BOARD JOIN NGATI WHATUA FOR POWHIRI

Photo Caption: Local iwi Ngati Whatua join staff and board members from the Museum of Transport and Technology for a Powhiri on 26 February 2014...

10 January 2014 - MOTAT BREAKS IT'S RECORD OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT LAST CHRISTMAS

Christmas is a time for generosity and giving and last Christmas, MOTAT was able to help give a little Christmas cheer to thousands of Auckland children through the support of its visitors...

21 August 2013 - FROM FIRST LOVE TO DREAM CARS MOTOR NATION DRIVES INTO MOTAT

Car lovers start your engines and get ready for MOTAT’s newest exhibition, ‘Motor Nation’...

15 August 2013 - CALL GOES OUT FOR KIWI WAR HEROES

Thanks to MOTAT, a Bomber Command veteran’s death bed wish and almost 20 years of development, there is now a public online platform for New Zealanders nationwide to contribute to a rich tapestry of war tales that might otherwise be lost...

13 May 2013 - GET READY FOR THE GREAT MOTAT STEAM FAIR

As the autumn temperatures start to drop, MOTAT is set to heat up Auckland with its inaugural Great MOTAT Steam Fair on Sunday 26 May...

26 March 2013 - GET ARMED FOR ACTION AT MOTAT?S MILITARY MONTH

MOTAT’s famed annual Military Weekend event is back and this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before...

25 January 2013 - MOTAT BOARD WELCOMES ITS NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE

  The Board of MOTAT: The Museum of Transport and Technology is pleased to announce the appointment of the museum's Chief Executive Officer Michael Frawley...

14 January 2013 - GIFTS FROM MOTAT VISITORS MADE FOR A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS

New Zealand’s largest transport and technology museum, MOTAT, helped bring Christmas cheer to thousands of underprivileged Kiwis thanks to the generosity of its many visitors during December...

04 December 2012 - NEW EXHIBITION TO SET IMAGINATIONS ALIGHT AT MOTAT

MOTAT’s newest travelling exhibition ‘Imagination Factory - Invent and Play’ is set to delight, giving visitors the opportunity to explore the magic of pistons, wheels, levers, pulleys, cams and gears through dozens of hands-on interactive displays...

01 December 2012 - CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS AT MOTAT

  Two fantastic Christmas events at Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology   MOTAT LIGHTS UP CHRISTMAS SPIRIT Glistening lights, Christmas delights, joyous carols and generous presents...

16 October 2012 - CELEBRATE 'OLDE HALLOW'S EVE' AT MOTAT

  To celebrate the most hair-raising holiday of the year, Halloween, MOTAT will be transforming its historic surroundings into a night of thrills and chills for the whole family at its Victorian ‘Olde Hallow’s Eve’ event on Saturday the 27th of October...

03 October 2012 - MOTAT'S AVIATION DISPLAY HALL CELEBRATES ITS FIRST BIRTHDAY

  MOTAT’s Aviation Display Hall is celebrating the milestones that made its first year so successful including welcoming a number of fantastic new aircraft, receiving awards and helping MOTAT reach a record number of visitors...

12 July 2012 - MOTAT PURCHASES CRUSHED CAR FOR DISPLAY

  MOTAT has announced that it plans to put the first vehicle crushed under the new government legislation against boy racers on display and is exploring ways  they might use it to help educate and inform visitors about road safety...

20 June 2012 - IT'S ALL 'ON' AT MOTAT'S JULY HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE

  Windmills, solar panels and hand generators; these school holidays MOTAT is getting energised and turning up the power in its ‘ON’ Holiday Experience...

28 May 2012 - VISIT MOTAT FOR FREE IN JUNE THANKS TO VOLUNTEERS

Maintaining MOTAT as New Zealand’s leading transport and technology museum is a huge undertaking – a task that would be impossible without a loyal team of over 300 volunteers...

26 April 2012 - AWARDS KEEP FLYING IN FOR MOTAT AVIATION DISPLAY HALL WINS NEW ZEALAND ARCHITECTURE AWARD

Following on from the array of architecture awards won last year, MOTAT's Aviation Display Hall, which opened last November at a cost of $18...

26 April 2012 - AUCKLAND EAST AND WEST RESIDENTS OFFERED FREE ENTRY TO MOTAT IN MAY

Auckland East and West residents can look forward to fun and interactive experiences for free at MOTAT during May...

12 April 2012 - STEAMPUNK ALIVE IN AUCKLAND WITH MOTAT

Channelling Victorian science-fiction, MOTAT is set to transform into a fascinating scene from an alternate history on Saturday 28 April at Aether & Iron: A Time Traveller's Day Out...

02 April 2012 - AUCKLAND SUPER GOLD CARD HOLDERS ENJOY MOTAT FREE

MOTAT is giving Auckland region seniors over 65 the opportunity to turn back the clock and relive their golden days for free...

19 March 2012 - INAUGURAL FIRE AND RESCUE EVENT HOPES TO SAVE LIVES

On April 1st there will be a kitchen fire in central Auckland and whilst it is taking place on April Fools' Day it is certainly no joke...

09 March 2012 - ARMED AND READY FOR MILITARY WEEKEND ACTION AT MOTAT

Ever wondered what it might be like to be a soldier in war? MOTAT is challenging you to step back in time on 17-18 March to come face to face with a turbulent part of history at its annual Military Weekend...

01 February 2012 - My Vintage Valentine

Treat that special someone to a vintage Valentine's night they will never forget in the magical surroundings of MOTAT's Victorian Village...

12 January 2012 - MOTAT VISITORS HELP FAMILIES IN NEED

MOTAT brought Christmas cheer to thousands of underprivileged Kiwi homes thanks to the generosity of the Museum's many visitors during the holiday period...

21 December 2011 - MOTAT SETS IMAGINATIONS ALIGHT

JANUARY HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE Traffic light, fridge light, bedside light, moonlight, torch light, street light, strobe light, sunlight...

01 December 2011 - MOTAT Lights up Christmas Spirit

MOTAT NIGHTS, CHRISTMAS LIGHTS The carols have begun, the lights have been hung, the gifts are being chosen ...

03 November 2011 - MOTAT Offers Free Ticket To North Auckland Residents

North Auckland residents can look forward to free fun and interactive experiences at MOTAT this month...

19 October 2011 - Skyhawk Makes MOTAT New Home

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13 October 2011 - MOTAT Takes Off to Critical Acclaim

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11 October 2011 - Olde Hallows Eve

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04 October 2011 - MOTAT Celebrates Kiwi Can Do Attitude

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05 September 2011 - MOTAT opens new 18.5 million display hall

The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) is set to open its brand new $18...

01 July 2011 - Sense the excitement at MOTAT

Hear it, see it, smell it, taste it, touch it and learn about the science behind it these school holidays at MOTAT's ‘Sense It' holiday experience, 16-31 July 2011...

27 June 2011 - MOTAT's Aviation Display Hall has more action on the

New Zealand's largest clear span wooden structure is steadily taking form at MOTAT, with the new $15 million Aviation Display Hall set for completion in time for the anticipated influx of domestic and international visitors in September...

01 May 2011 - MOTAT pays tribute to the engine room behind its success

Free entry for Everyone - Volunteer Awareness Month at MOTAT   Maintaining MOTAT as New Zealand's leading transport and technology museum is a huge undertaking - a task which would be impossible without a loyal team of nearly 300 volunteers...

29 April 2011 - High Tea Fit for a Queen... Or her mother

Mum's the word this Mother's Day, treat your mum to MOTAT's Mother's Day Tea Party served up with memories you can both share...

29 April 2011 - Over a Cuppa Tea

Visit the Village Gallery at MOTAT and learn about New Zealand's long and fascinating history of drinking tea at the new tea exhibition - ‘A teaspoon per cup and one for the pot'...

29 April 2011 - MOTAT offers free entry to Waitakere Residents

Waitakere residents can look forward to free fun and interactive experiences at MOTAT during the month of May...

21 April 2011 - MOTAT offers free Golden Ticket to Auckland region seniors

MOTAT is giving Auckland region seniors over 65 the opportunity to turn back the clock and relive their golden days for free...

01 April 2011 - Put your game face on at MOTAT

MOTAT is in game mode these school holidays so bring the kids along to enjoy an interactive and fun filled programme where they will have hands on experience with ancient games, modern games, fads and crazes, and retro and modern gaming technology...

15 March 2011 - MOTAT Military Weekend

MOTAT's popular annual Military Weekend is back! Round up the troops and head to MOTAT on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March for an action packed military experience...

08 March 2011 - MOTAT star of the White Night

For one magical evening 50 Auckland venues will stay open until midnight and feature special exhibitions, activities and performances as part of the Auckland Arts Festival ‘White Night' event...

01 March 2011 - MOTAT offers free entry to Rodney residents

Rodney residents can look forward to free fun and interactive experiences at MOTAT during the month of March...

01 February 2011 - Share the Love at MOTAT

Treat that special someone to a Valentine's night they will never forget...

01 February 2011 - MOTAT offers free entry to Manukau residents

Manukau residents can look forward to free fun and interactive experiences at MOTAT during the month of February...

19 January 2011 - Tribute to MOTAT's Volunteers

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05 January 2011 - Q&A - Robyn Winks, Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)

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01 November 2010 - New Zealand's first computer housed at MOTAT

How did we survive without high speed internet, computer games and iTunes? Come along to MOTAT and see what New Zealand's first computer was originally used for...

01 November 2010 - 100 years of flight in New Zealand

FLIGHT100 YEARS OF FLIGHT IN NEW ZEALAND Written and compiled by John Mounce and Richard WilliamsSupported by the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)  This book celebrates 100 years of aviation in New Zealand, telling the story or our aviation history from the earliest beginnings to where we are today...

28 October 2010 - Read the riddles and solve the mystery at MOTAT

Get the whole family along to MOTAT for an exciting new adventure at the new ‘MOTAT Mystery Weekend Experience'...

01 October 2010 - MOTAT offers free entry to North Shore residents

North Shore residents can look forward to free fun and interactive experiences at MOTAT from 11 October to 14 November...

24 September 2010 - MOTAT offers Golden Ticket to Franklin District Council Residents

Franklin District Council residents can look forward to free fun and interactive experiences at MOTAT from 1 to 24 September...

01 September 2010 - MOTAT brings 1950s Auckland back to life

MOTAT's new ‘I Am The Last Tram' exhibition is a nod to the nifty fifties, offering visitors a snap shot of Auckland in a time of post war transformation...

01 September 2010 - MOTAT's new holiday experience is just swell

Jump in your time machine and transport yourself back to Auckland in the 1950s with MOTAT's new ‘FLASHBACK Fifties' holiday experience...

29 July 2010 - MOTAT extends free entry offer to North Shore City Council residents

  MOTAT extends free entry offer to North Shore City Council residents to 30 November   MOTAT, the Museum of Transport and Technology, has extended its offer of free entry for North Shore City Council residents to Monday 30 November...

29 July 2010 - MOTAT Extends a Warm Welcome to North Shore City residents

5th October 2009     MOTAT extends a warm invitation to North Shore City Council residents     From 12 October to 11 November North Shore City Council residents can look forward to free fun and interactive experiences at MOTAT - the Museum of Transport and Technology...

28 July 2010 - MOTAT Offers Golden Ticket To Auckland City Council Residents

MOTAT is giving Auckland region seniors over 65 the opportunity to turn back the clock and relive their golden days for free...

28 July 2010 - MOTAT’S spellbinding school holiday experience

MOTAT'S SPELLBINDING SCHOOL HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE Magic mirrors, science experiments and invisible messages; these school holidays MOTAT is unraveling the mystery of science in its ‘Magic of Science' holiday experience...

28 July 2010 - Variety Bash to finish at MOTAT

1 March 2010 VARIETY BASH TO FINISH AT MOTAT - Sunday 14 March   The 20th anniversary Variety Bash will finish its eight day convoy at MOTAT and the Auckland public has a chance to see the fun, fire engines and celebrities of the Bash...

28 July 2010 - MOTAT extends a warm invitation to Rodney District Council residents

22 February 2010     MOTAT extends a warm invitation to Rodney District Council residents   From Monday 1 to Friday 19 March, Rodney District Council residents can look forward to free fun and interactive experiences at MOTAT - the Museum of Transport and Technology...

28 July 2010 - MOTAT extends a warm invitation to Manukau City Council residents

28 January 2010     MOTAT extends a warm invitation to Manukau City Council residents   From Monday 8 to Sunday 28 February Manukau City Council residents can look forward to free fun and interactive experiences at MOTAT - the Museum of Transport and Technology...

28 July 2010 - MOTAT asks visitors to dig deep for a worthy cause this Christmas

24 November 2009     MOTAT ASKS VISITORS TO DIG DEEP FOR A WORTHY CAUSE THIS CHRISTMAS   The Museum of Transport and Technology is encouraging Kiwis to spread a bit of Christmas cheer this holiday season by purchasing a gift to donate to MOTAT's chosen charities...

20 May 2010 - MOTAT Offers Golden Ticket To Papakura District Council Residents

  Papakura District Council residents can look forward to free fun and interactive experiences at MOTAT during the month of June...

21 April 2010 - MOTAT extends a warm invitation to Waitakere City Council residents

  MOTAT extends a warm invitation to Waitakere City Council residents   From 1 to 31 May, Waitakere City Council residents can look forward to free fun and interactive experiences at MOTAT - the Museum of Transport and Technology...

01 April 2010 - MOTAT Offers Golden Ticket To Auckland Region Seniors

MOTAT OFFERS FREE GOLDEN TICKET TO AUCKLAND REGION SENIORS   MOTAT is giving Auckland region seniors over 65 the opportunity to turn back the clock and relive their golden days for free...

30 March 2010 - The Great MOTAT Agricultural Fair

30 March 2010     Slip on your overalls and slide into your gumboots, The Great MOTAT Agricultural Fair is comin' to town   Click here for a printable map of activities and times...

04 March 2010 - Get The Troops Ready For Action

4 March 2010     GET THE TROOPS READY FOR ACTION Click here for a map and timetable of Military Weekend...

06 September 2009 - MOTAT Gems Shine in International Heritage Awards

6 September 2009   MOTAT Gems Shine in International Heritage Awards   The Museum of Transport and Technology's (MOTAT) historical Pumphouse, Beam Engine and Engineer's Cottage have had a stunning success, scooping a 2009 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award of Merit for the Culture Heritage Conservation programme...

01 September 2009 - MOTAT Brings Auckland's Heritage Back to Life

1 September 2009   MOTAT Brings Auckland's Heritage Back to Life     Take a horse drawn carriage back in time and experience what life was like at the turn of the Century...

01 August 2009 - MOTAT Extends a Warm Welcome to Franklin District residents

22nd July 2009     MOTAT extends a warm invitation to Auckland City Council residents     For the month of August Auckland City Council residents can look forward to free fun and interactive experiences at MOTAT - the Museum of Transport and Technology...

29 July 2009 - Beam Engine Re-Opening Celebration

Historic Steam-Powered Beam Engine to Officially Reopen at MOTAT   A grand ceremony will be held at Auckland's Museum of Transport and Technology at approximately noon on Saturday, 19 April to officially reopen the restored Western Springs Pumping Station Beam Engine...

01 July 2009 - MOTAT Celebrates the Birthday of Kiwi icon - Sir Edmund Hillary

  MOTAT Celebrates the Birthday of Kiwi Icon - Sir Edmund Hillary   MOTAT's latest exhibition opens on Monday 20th July to mark the birthday of one of New Zealand's greatest explorers - Sir Edmund Hillary...

01 July 2009 - Fire at MOTAT

Eight Youths Arrested For MOTAT Arson Update #3 1:41pm 4 March 2008 Avondale Police have arrested and charged eight youths in relation to the alleged arson of a 121 year old vintage railway carriage at MOTAT on Friday 29th of February 2008 The fire completely destroyed one half of the carriage and burnt out the over half leaving only the metal shell intact...

01 July 2009 - Blister Hangar - successfully moved!

Blister Hangar - successfully moved!     The project to relocate and restore the Blister Hangar has been completed...

01 May 2009 - 200,000th visitor of the year!

MOTAT Welcomes its 200,000th Visitor The country's largest transport and technology museum, MOTAT, has welcomed its 200,000th visitor through the gate!   Two year old Jaidon Brunton, visited MOTAT with his one year old brother Daniel, and Aunt and Uncle Rachel Brunton and Dan Voss, expecting to see the trams and got more than he bargained for...