Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum is Auckland’s place of gathering, welcome and orientation, where knowledge and  taonga are  held and all can explore the many stories of Tāmaki Makaurau. The Museum is committed to supporting a culturally-rich and creative Auckland, outlined in the vision ‘He Oranga Tangata Ka Ao – Enriching Lives: Inspiring Discoveries’, and continues to revitalise the galleries and transform the way communities interact with their collections. Their ambitions are bold and will see the museum become a truly 24/7 global, digital museum, accessible by all.

Strong governance is central to the Museum’s success and requires a Trust Board that is entrepreneurial, customer centric and collaborative. Auckland Unlimited (on behalf of Auckland Council) and Auckland Museum Institute (AMI) seek applications from directors with a genuine interest in and passion for the Museum, who bring diverse personal qualities, experiences, and professional expertise to the board table.

Skills and competencies sought

All candidates must be experienced directors with outstanding strategic and interpersonal skills. In this year’s Board appointment process, we are looking for candidates who can also demonstrate the following:

  • Experience of leading and driving innovative social enterprise within a large-scale operation, including commercialisation, philanthropic fundraising, and the cultivation of supporting corporate relationships.
  •  Experience of strategic thinking and demonstrated professional practice in long-term capital asset planning within a comparable institution, with the ability to communicate strategic investment goals to stakeholders.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Pacific culture, and the place of Pacific peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand, with standing and relationships built through engaging and working with the Auckland Pasifica community.
  • Competency to be held with another of the first four priority competencies above: Demonstrated leadership in leading an organisation towards a bicultural approach with deep knowledge of tikanga Māori and experience through working with mana whenua, iwi and Māori groups and organisations. 

Ideal candidates will demonstrate a connection to Auckland’s diverse communities, active interest in and contribution to community-based organisations during their careers, and a commitment to uphold the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, with a readiness to promote improved outcomes for Māori, and knowledge of te ao Māori via their  networks.

Candidates should live in Auckland, or within driving distance of Auckland, and should be able to attend all Board meetings in person (when public health levels allow).

How to apply:

This Board appointment process is being managed by MartinJenkins, supported by Vaney Executive Search and Amy Tea Consulting. For further information about the Museum, key candidate requirements, remuneration and how to apply, please refer to the Candidate Information on MartinJenkins’ website https://www.martinjenkins.co.nz/local-government/awmm/

Applications close at 9am on Tuesday 6 April 2021.

If you require a confidential conversation, please contact:

Bridget Vaney – Email: bridget@vaneysearch.co.nz Mobile: 027 663 3298

Candidates with expertise in tikanga Māori can also contact: 

Amy Tea – Email: amy@amytea.co.nz Mobile: 027 435 3000   


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