NZ Archaeology Week Talk: Uncovering New Zealand’s Maritime History

NZ Archaeology Week Talk: Uncovering New Zealand’s Maritime History

Thursday 2nd May, 6pm
The Learning Space, NZ Maritime Museum


Free event. Bookings required


Join us as we welcome Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga archaeologist Isaac Mcivor along with archaeologist researcher Kurt Bennett, who will be giving a talk about maritime archaeology in New Zealand and the challenges that heritage agencies face with climate change. The rediscovery, recording and recovery in 2018 of the New Zealand 1863 built schooner, Daring, will be used as an exciting case study of these issues. They will be joined by Larry Paul, Member of the Daring Rescue group and Skipper of the Classic Yacht Waitangi, to discuss the Daring’s future.  

Light Nibbles and EFTPOS Bar available


About the Speakers:

Isaac Mcivor

Isaac is an archaeologist at Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. His role is to advocate for and regulate the management of New Zealand’s cultural heritage places. Isaac played a lead role in recording, monitoring, excavating and managing the Daring shipwreck from its initial rediscovery in May to its rescue from the beach in November 2018. Isaac previously worked as a researcher and consultant archaeologist throughout New Zealand. He is passionate about growing and sharing our understanding of New Zealand’s past and ensuring that significant places and artefacts are preserved for future generations.


Kurt Bennett

Kurt Bennett is a maritime archaeologist and worked as a consultant archaeologist in Christchurch. Growing up in Auckland, Kurt’s choice of profession began at a young age reading his dad’s shipwreck books and exploring the Hauraki Gulf and its history. His master's research focused on the Rangitoto Island beaches and ship graveyard which he published his findings in academic journals and presented his research to public and professional audiences, both in New Zealand and internationally. He has also worked on a range of projects from 6,000 year old settlements that were inundated with rising sea levels, to Roman shipwrecks, to some of the earliest recorded European ships constructed in Australia and New Zealand. Kurt is an active member of the archaeological community in Australasia, serving as a council member for the Australasia Institute for Maritime Archaeology as well as a previous council member for the New Zealand Archaeological Association. Kurt is passionate about the world’s oceans and the complex vessels which sailed them. He continues to follow this passion and is currently researching eighteenth and nineteenth century English East Indiamen design and construction technologies as part of his PhD research.


Larry Paul

Larry manages the social media, friends of the Classic Yacht Charitable Trust and website for the Classic Yacht Charitable Trust. He is the skipper of the classic yacht Waitangi, having sailed on her since she returned to New Zealand from Melbourne in 2003. Larry is the project coordinator and social media member of the Daring Rescue Group.




  • Residents of the Auckland region can visit the Maritime Museum galleries for free if they provide proof of address on arrival
  • Children: 5-14 years old (4 years and under are free)
  • Family Pass = 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children

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Bookings essential. Please call (09) 373 0800 or email to reserve your place.