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Te Papa appoints new chief executive

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/03/2017

Geraint Martin has been appointed as chief executive of Te Papa.

Mr Martin, who is chief executive of Counties Manukau District Health Board, will move from Auckland to Wellington to take up his new role in May.

"I've always been fascinated by the impact of institutions and ideas on society," he said on Monday.

"Te Papa has a unique role at the heart of New Zealand's national conversation and a fantastic reputation as a museum. I can't wait to start!"

Originally from Wales, Mr Martin takes over from Rick Ellis, who announced in December his intention to step down.

Te Papa board chairman Evan Williams said Mr Martin would bring huge experience as a leader.

"Te Papa is one of New Zealand's most important intellectual and cultural institutions, and it is also a business, earning half its income from commercial operations," he said.

"In Geraint Martin, we have been able to appoint someone who can provide inspiring leadership across the diverse aspects of the museum."

Mr Williams paid tribute to Mr Ellis, under whom the museum had achieved "incredible results" over the past three years.

He cited record visitor numbers, successful exhibitions and the creation of the Mahuki innovation hub and Hinatore learning lab.

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