Experience, interest suited to role
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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