Toroa Preservation Society Inc.

The Toroa Preservation Society

The steam ferry Toroa on an excursion on the Waitemata towards the end of her working life
© David Frith, Toroa Collection

The restoration of Auckland’s last steam ferry is in the hands of Toroa Preservation Society Inc., a New Zealand incorporated society registered under the Incorporated Societies Act of 1908. The Society is also registered as a Charity under the Charities Act of 2005.

The primary object of the Society is “… to be beneficial to the community by the restoration, preservation, maintenance and operation of the veteran steam ferry Toroa to provide a historic link to the operation of steam ferries on the Waitemata Harbour for more than one hundred years”.

Further objects are to provide during the process of restoration opportunities for training in vessel conservation principles, the restoration of timber vessels and in traditional marine engineering. When operational the Toroa will provide a range of experiences to increase knowledge of the importance of the ferries in the development of the Auckland region, the history of marine steam propulsion, and provide training in marine engineering and ship operation.

Toroa is owned by the Steam Ferry Toroa Trust, an incorporated charitable trust under the Charitable Trusts Act, 1957. The Toroa Preservation Society holds a perpetually renewable lease for the purposes of restoration, preservation, maintenance and operation of the vessel.

Officers & Committee of the Toroa Preservation Society 2022–2023

Patron  Sir Bob Harvey
 President  Robert Brown
Secretary  Peter McCurdy
Treasurer  Robert Brown
Committee  Leyton Chan
   Peter Henley
   Michael Hilliar
   Geoffrey Holmes
   Tony Lyon
   Gordon Whiteacre

You might like to Join the Toroa Preservation Society, or Make a Donation or Volunteer your services to help with the restoration project or other Society activities. Please contact us via Support the Restoration.