News & Events

Here is the latest of whats happening at the Museum site.

Mayday 2016

The programme is as follows: Friday April 29th: Annual Runanga/Blackball debate at Blackball Working Men's Club, 7.30pm. Topic: Local leadership continues to fail.

Saturday April 30th: Forum on a sustainable economy, 10.00am to 4.00pm, Mines Rescue Centre, Rapahoe. The response to the current Coast economic crisis has so far been led by management. This forum, led by local unions, brings workers into the discussion.

Programme: Union organisers/delegates report on feedback to the question: What do workers want?

Local politicians Council CEOs will respond. In the afternoon, there will be presentations on Past Mistakes; Macro factors of neo-liberal culture; Sustainable models that already exist; New Models; and a discussion as to what is required now.

Everyone is welcome: registration fee of $10 to cover catering. Registration at

Sunday will be a community day in Runanga.

The Newcastle People's Chorus was formed by trade unionists in 1988, one of eight Australian union choirs. They sing historical workers' songs, as well as modern songs of struggle. They have toured the UK and Ireland and have released three CDs. They are making a short tour of New Zealand main centres in September and we are very honoured to host them in Blackball, at the Working Men's Club, on Wednesday September 30th, starting at 7.00pm. They will be supported in this concert by local community choir, Waiata Koha.


Our Union Makes Us Strong


New exhibitions


October exhibition





Opening Mayday, Blackball's Mining Past &

Fifteen paintings for fifteen years; paintings by Antonio Guerrero, one of the Cuban Five.

Blackball lives.

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