A new sponsorship to support heritage education in Marlborough


Marlborough Lines has agreed to sponsor the Marlborough Heritage Trust’s education programme for schools to the value of $20,000 a year for five years.

This will enable the Trust to employ a senior leader to teach the Marlborough Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom.  

Steve Austin, the Trust Executive Director, says the Learning Experiences outside the Classroom is delivered to all Marlborough Schools and has an extremely impressive track record over the past 20 years. 

“More than 6,000 students are taught through the programme each year.” 

Marlborough Lines Chief Executive, Tim Cosgrove, says there is a renewed interest in teaching New Zealand history in all schools and Marlborough students have the best opportunities to learn about local history and the area. 

Steve Austin has praised John Orchard, now retired, for his outstanding leadership of the heritage education programme, run through the Marlborough Museum and Marlborough Heritage Trust. John also taught for many years at Marlborough Boys High and ran the school’s outside the classroom programme, and was deputy chair of the former NZHPT Marlborough branch committee.