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Forget Mangaweka, head to Manakau


Manakau could become the new Mangaweka as a deer-themed museum complete with helicopter opens on Saturday.

The Deer Story museum on State Highway 1 beside the Manakau village has already drawn curious punters after a Hughes 500 helicopter was shipped into a parking spot on the roadside on Sunday.

The helicopter will be a permanent attraction for the museum, the brainchild of Sanson deer farmer Percy Burlace.

Burlace said for 40-odd years he had been in the deer industry, and it was part of the history of New Zealand.

The museum would feature displays on the history of deer industry – from 1841 when they were introduced through to modern farming for venison and velvet.

Young people today did not understand the history of deer farming in New Zealand, which was a relatively recent development, Burlace said.

“It all started as a pretty dangerous business, capturing wild animals and turning them into farmed animals of today.”

He said the museum would be good for tourism in Horowhenua, and entertaining local people.

Burlace said he bought the deer recovery helicopter from Opotiki, and it linked back to his own 40 year involvement with deer.

“I was one of the idiots who used to do the net shooting and jump out of helicopters in the early days; and survived to tell the story.”

Meanwhile, neighbour Allan Taylor, of Taylor’s Secondhand and Collectables, said people were already stopping and taking photos with the helicopter.

He said the aircraft did have similarities to the iconic DC3 plane on SH1 at Mangaweka.

“Yeah, people are trying to climb in it already.”

Taylor said his business had local regulars but most of his customers came from the wider region, including Wellington, and through-traffic.

The museum could become a definite tourism boost for the rural village and its surrounds, Taylor said.

“I think it’s going to be good for Manakau, getting people to call in.”

Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/kapiti-observer/68889653/forget-mangaweka-head-to-manakau


  • The Deer Story Museum was a welcome surprise

    The Deer Story Museum was a welcome surprise. A very interesting Piece of New Zealand history. My wife even bought herself a deer skin purse. I will recommend to all my friends to stop in. From Bill Hamlin

  • Deer and The Helicopter

    My wife, the kids and I were recently driving from Auckland to Wellington. We saw the Deer Story Museum on the side of the road and decided to take a break from the drive. The kids loved the interpretive displays in the museum. We also got some great photos of the kids in the helicopter. They were very excited about getting a souvenir helicopter pilot’s license. Was well worth the stop. From Carl Hewison

  • 我們有在博物館一個偉大的時間。這樣一個有趣的文化。每個人都在總線上喜歡直升機拍了很多照片。我也有我的飛行執照。我的丈夫買了一些鹿茸片。我想這是每個人都應該看到。

    From Wong shek

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