Following discussions between Picton Smart + Connected, the Picton community and representatives of the Marlborough Heritage Trust, Picton Smart + Connected offered their support for the development and building of a Marlborough Sounds Heritage & Environment Centre in Picton.
Understanding a community’s historic, cultural, environmental, and social context is essential for celebrating and developing a ‘sense of place’ for both locals and visitors and economically, heritage tourism is now internationally recognised, as a significant attractor for sustainable tourism growth. We believe that a Marlborough Sounds Heritage and Environment Centre, would offer an invaluable resource in both regards.
Picton Smart + Connected believes that this centre of excellence would be regionally, nationally, and internationally important, in both heritage and environmental terms. We believe that it would greatly improve the ability to tell authentic and important stories of Marlborough’s past, present and future in both historical and ecological terms.
We believe that this centre will fit well with Tourism New Zealand’s plans to increase environmental value in New Zealand’s tourism offering and place Marlborough at the forefront of sustainable tourism in Aotearoa.
Discussion Group Members: Picton Smart + Connected, Marlborough District Council, Te Ātiawa, Picton Historical Society, Marlborough Heritage Trust, Picton Dawn Chorus, Envirohub Marlborough, Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary