A word from the chair,
I was privileged to be appointed as Chair of the Auckland Museum Trust Board in 2018. My connection to the Museum goes back to my childhood and my own child is my point of reference for the decisions that I make.
As Trustees of Auckland Museum, it is our role to ensure the foundations are in place to protect this unique inheritance for future generations.
The most important thing we can do is lift our eyes to the horizon and decide what sort of place we want Auckland Museum to be in 20, 50 or even 100 years.
We need to think differently about what the Museum is and what it can be, and balance commercial reality with providing a world-class cultural experience.
We need to ensure the Museum is an inclusive space, where everyone belongs, and reflects the changing face of Auckland and the different cultures within our city.
Part of this is having the courage to invest in our future and to transform the Museum’s iconic heritage building with sensitivity and care and to bring our treasures to life within our walls.
We want to bring our treasures out from behind glass walls and allow our visitors to engage and connect with them. Technology will play a role in our future - allowing us to engage, enabling learning, expanding our reach and providing better operational processes and systems.
The work done this year to develop the Five-Year Strategic Plan provides us with a strong pathway to help us realise our vision.
The strength of our leadership team and the expertise of our people is fundamental to our success and I would like to acknowledge and thank them for their contributions over the past year.
I look forward to working with my fellow Trustees, our partners and supporters to establish Auckland Museum as a sustainable, world-recognised cultural venue for Auckland city.