As kaitiaki of Lower Hutt’s social history, and especially the stories of Petone, we welcome your support for the work we do.

There are several ways you can support our work:

Cash donations help us to collect, preserve and share our region’s stories.  We do this through caring for our collections, presenting new displays and exhibitions, and running programmes and events in our museum and our community.

A significant donation or bequest is your way to make a long-term contribution to Petone Settlers Museum’s services and success. There might be an area that you particularly want to support and see flourish, such as education programmes for schools, outreach for particluar community groups, or improvements to our collection care.

You can also make a special contribution to the future of the Museum by gifting an item or group of items to our collection.

More information is provided below. You can also contact our Community Curator Arawhetu Berdinner at any time to discuss the contribution you’d like to make or you can use the form below.



Cash donations

You can donate by cash, EFTPOS and credit card when visiting the museum – we’d love to see you.

You can also donate by cheque: make your cheque out to Hutt City Museums and post it to PO Box 30396, Lower Hutt 5040, or leave it with our friendly host at the Museum.

You can make a direct deposit into our bank account: Hutt City Council, 03 0531 0429500 04. Please use ‘PSM donation’ as your reference. We would really appreciate it if you emailed us (  after making a bank deposit, so we can thank you for your support.

Significant donations and bequests

Donations over $1,000 enable us to carry out more ambitious projects, targeted to your area of interest.

A bequest to Petone Settlers Museum in your will makes a lasting contribution to Petone’s social history. We can provide you with draft text for your lawyer to review.

In both cases we invite you to contact our Community Curator, Arawhetu Berdinner to discuss how you would like your donation or bequest to be used, and how you would like your contribution to be recognised.

Arawhetu can be contacted on or  04 570 6699.

Donations to our collection

We add to the Petone Settlers Museum collection in a very considered manner. We are currently interested in objects and artefacts that help us tell the stories of:

• Māori settlement and life in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, historically and today
• The lives and work of women in Petone and Lower Hutt
• The lives and experiences of Chinese residents of Petone and Lower Hutt
• The lives and experiences of more recent migrant and refugee communities in Petone and Lower Hutt
• Post 1980 business, sporting and cultural pursuits

Please note we tend not to accept documentary material such as letters, diaries and ledger books. We do not collect natural history specimen (e.g. fossils, bugs).

To discuss a potential donation to the Petone Settlers Museum collection, contact our Community Curator, Arawhetu Berdinner on or  04 570 6699.