On the 15th of November the National Whale Centre opened its Display and Development Hub at Building no. 1, London Quay, Picton, on the foreshore.
The creation of the National Whale Centre is the result of many years of research into the creation of a Picton Foreshore attraction which addresses the unique position of New Zealand as an ocean nation with a 172 plus years history of whaling and subsequent shift to more sustainable aquamarine industries and associated ecotourism ventures.
At the same time 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the cessation of commercial whaling in New Zealand waters with the closure of whaling activities in Cook Strait.
The launch of a National Whale Centre as a virtual museum some two years ago was the first step in establishing an internationally connected institution that links the general public, interactive travellers, cetacean experts, museums and environmental organisations through an information sharing portal.
The NWC has now reached stage 2 of its long term programme, courtesy of a Lottery Grants Board contribution.