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Te Papa boss resigns

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/12/2016

The chief executive of Te Papa has resigned and will leave the job next year.

Rick Ellis has been the CEO at the museum since November 2014, and is likely to leave around June 2017.

The Te Papa board chairman Evan Williams said Mr Ellis' decision to leave was a personal one,.

"With his family based in Australia and the Cook Islands, Rick has opted to put family commitments first. Obviously we are very sad to lose him, but as a Board we respect his decision to focus on family at this time in his life."

Mr Williams also said Te Papa is in an incredibly strong position, and has seen record visitor numbers, and that "finances are healthy".

The search for a new chief executive will begin immediately.

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