Ex­pe­ri­ence, in­ter­est suited to role

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A new di­rec­tor is gear­ing up to steer the Voy­ager New Zealand National Mar­itime Mu­seum.

Linda Wigley has been di­rec­tor of Toitu Otago Set­tlers Mu­seum for the past four years.

A $37.4 mil­lion in­no­va­tive mu­seum ex­pe­ri­ence she di­rected and de­liv­ered at Toitu won the Mu­se­ums Aotearoa, Mu­seum of the Year Award for Sig­nif­i­cant Projects this year.

Ms Wigley has the skills to lead the Voy­ager as it pre­pares its mas­ter plan to im­prove what the Auck­land wa­ter­front at­trac­tion can of­fer, Voy­ager New Zealand National Mar­itime Mu­seum chair­man Alas­tair Aitken says.

‘‘In re­cent years Voy­ager has in­creased vis­i­tor num­bers and im­proved en­gage­ment with bet­ter pro­grammes and a wider recog­ni­tion of New Zealand’s ex­tra­or­di­nary mar­itime sto­ries.

‘‘As the only cul­tural at­trac­tion on Auck­land’s wa­ter­front, we in­tend to im­prove still fur­ther what we of­fer to the city.’’

Work­ing for Voy­ager will con­tinue her al­ready es­tab­lished mar­itime in­ter­est, Ms Wigley says.

She worked for the National Water­ways Mu­seum in Eng­land and lived on a canal boat in cen­tral Lon­don for sev­eral years.

‘‘I have an affin­ity with the wa­ter,’’ she says.

Ms Wigley will take up the role on Oc­to­ber 7.

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