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Auckland Museum Institute Council

John McIntyre - President

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John McIntyre spent eight years on the Trust Board of Auckland Museum and, as an Institute appointee attended all Institute Council meetings during this time. John has had a privileged association with Auckland Museum, as a guide, in a governance role and as an inbound tourism operator. John has been in the travel industry for more than 40 years and it just so happens that travel, hiking, history, museums and antiquities are his great passions.

Scott Pilkington - Vice President

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Scott is a specialist in public programming and science communication. At AUT he is a postgraduate coordinator looking after higher research degrees, HSW coordinator, and co-chair of the Out@AUT staff network. He has qualifications in history, anthropology, museums studies, library & information studies, religious studies, and science communication. He’s currently completing his masters thesis looking at science communication in New Zealand museums. His interests include ballet, ballroom dance, fibre crafts, and campanology. He is also a member of the Burgon Society and currently convenes the Auckland Pub Knitting* group and our Café Scientifique series.

Dr Roger Buchanan

Roger_120-(1).jpgDuring 1963-64 Roger was the recipient of a BP Bishop Museum of Honolulu Fellowship involving a number of ecological and exploration studies in Antarctica. This reinforced his lifelong interest in museums, history and zoogeography.

Roger's career, however, was in business with senior roles in Research and Development management in USA, Asia/Pacific and New Zealand for a multinational company. Subsequently he led business development projects for a CRI. In Roger's own business he focuses on extracting value from new discovers.

For the Council, Roger hopes to contribute particularly in goal setting, planning, ensuring performance versus plan, with prudent use of funds.

Helen Bull

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Helen Bull is currently a volunteer guide at Auckland Museum and very enthusiastic about the role of museums in providing a stimulating public space. Her background is in finance with a BCom from Canterbury, and is a member of the Chartered Accountants, Australia – New Zealand. Helen was a co-opted member of the Auckland Museum Institute Council for twelve months before being nominated on to Council in 2014.


Marilyn Kohlhase

Having served on Auckland Museum’s Pacific Advisory Group and the Museums Aotearoa Board until June 2018, Marilyn wanted to continue working on Pacific matters with the AMI Council. In her professional life in central and local government, trade unions and not-for-profit organisations, Marilyn was fortunate to promote a Pacific focus or involve Pacific people in projects. After six years on CNZ’s Arts Board, in 2007 she co-founded (to date) the only Pan Pacific art gallery ‘okaioceanikart’ representing artists from New Zealand, the Pacific Region and the United States. Marilyn is a first generation New Zealand born German-Samoan.

Dr Rosemary Barraclough

Through Rosemary’s research, teaching, and public outreach at the Field Museum and Auckland Museum, she developed a strong appreciation of the important role of museums within our society and as guardians of knowledge. Experience at the Field Museum has also allowed her to learn about the demands of managing and maintaining collections. Museums have a pivotal role in research but are also a crucial conduit for sharing knowledge with the public. Rosemary is very interested in science communication and citizen science, and values Auckland Museum’s role in education, and in providing opportunity to participate in maintaining and advancing knowledge.

Marguerite Durling 

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Marguerite has been a Museum volunteer for 15 years and has a strong commitment to life-long learning and to seeing the Museum continue to grow as the world class institution and Auckland icon it is. In addition to her business management and fundraising and events experience, she has experience in communications including magazine editing, marketing and website. Now in her late 60’s, with reduced home and family commitments Marguerite has time to devote to this community asset and would like to offer her services to the Institute.

Jon Moses

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Jon has been a Senior Lecturer in Financial Accounting, Finance, and Management Accounting for 25 years. He recently co-authored a text book on Financial Accounting for Lexis Nexus. His past roles include Corporate Manager Main Corporation; Company Secretary/Financial Controller Smart Group; Company Secretary Baker Industries, Senior Auditor PWC; Financial Accountant Commodity Futures Auckland. John was the Honorary Auditor of Auckland Museum Institute for six years. He is a member of the Auckland Grammar School Old Boys Committee 2010-2015 and a Auckland Branch Committee Member of ICANZ for five years. His interests include travelling, art, museums, skiing, history, gardening, music and family.

Dr Roger Lins

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Dr Roger Lins is the immediate past President of Auckland Museum Institute. Roger has a background in scientific research and a strong interest in science communication and outreach. In 2006 he established and chaired a successful science café in Palmerston North, with support from the Manatawu branch of the RSNZ, Te Manawa, and Massey University. Roger has worked at the University of Auckland since 2007, where he is currently an Associate Dean at the Faculty of Science.