Board Te Poari

Te Papa’s Board is accountable to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage. The Minister appoints the Board, which currently has eight members.

Hon. Dame Fran Wilde (Chair)

Fran Wilde

Dame Fran Wilde has had a career in national and local politics, as well as in business. Her political roles included Cabinet Minister (as MP for Wellington Cenral), Mayor of Wellington and Chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council. Her experience in business has been mainly at a governance level as chair or director of companies in the private and public sectors but she was also CEO of the NZ Trade Development Board for six years.

As an MP, Fran successfully sponsored the Homosexual Law Reform and Adult Adoption Information Bills. As a Minister she held the porfolios of Tourism, Disarmament, and Associate Foreign Affairs and Trade. Highlights of her term as Mayor include the development of the stadium, renewal of core infrastructure and the adoption of the “Absolutely Positively Wellington” brand, now synonymous with the capital.

As well as her political and business background, Fran held diverse roles across the government and non-profit sectors, from Crown negotiator for Treaty of Waitangi Claims to Chair of the New Zealand International Arts Festival. She remains active in the philanthropic sector.

Fran was named a Dame of the NZ Order of Merit (DNZM) in 2017 and was awarded a QSO in 1995. She also holds an honorary doctorate of laws from Victoria University of Wellington and has been recognised by a Westpac Woman of Influence Award and as Wellingtonian of the Year. She is a Chartered Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors.

James Daniels

Te Arawa, Tūwharetoa, Tainui, Ngāi Tahu

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James Daniels brings to the Board more than 30 years’ governance experience in Māori, not-for-profit, and commercial organisations. He has spent more than 40 years in broadcasting, including both behind the mic, being a founding shareholder, and on the board at More FM in Christchurch.

He represented Wairewa Rūnanga for over 19 years on Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu holding several senior roles including chairing the remuneration committee, the culturally significant sites and electoral policy committees.

James holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Valuation and Property Management) and is currently on the Board of Ngāi Tahu Property, also chairing the remuneration committee.

Sir Rob Fenwick

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Sir Rob is a conservationist, businessman and professional director with a diverse background in heritage conservation, science, iwi governance and natural history.

He led the restoration of the historic buildings in Antarctica left by early explorers Scott and Shackleton before being appointed chair of Antarctica NZ and founder of NZ Antarctic Research Institute. For Ngati Whatua he chaired the establishment board of successful broadcasting venture Mai FM and is now a director of Whai Rawa Ltd, Orakiei’s corporate board. With a love of New Zealand’s natural history he launched Predator Free NZ and Kiwis for kiwi trust, and he chairs the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge.

Knighted for services to business and the environment, he’s an inductee of the NZ Business Hall of Fame; the Sir Peter Blake Medallist 2015; has an honorary doctorate in Natural Resources from Lincoln University, and the Fenwick Ice Piemont in Antarctica is named after him.

Abby Foote

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Abby Foote is an experienced director of both publicly listed and Crown companies. She has worked in a range of corporate, treasury and legal roles over the last 20 years.

A professional company director sitting on a number of boards of New Zealand companies, Abby is a Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committees of Z Energy Limited, BNZ Life Insurance Limited, Livestock Improvement Corporation Limited and the New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency. She is a past Director of Transpower New Zealand Limited, Diligent Corporation and Mike Pero Mortgages Limited.

A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington with qualifications in law and accounting, Abby has worked across both disciplines, focusing on corporate finance and commercial transactions.

Abby has a breadth of experience in a number of diverse areas including mergers and acquisitions, treasury and structured finance transactions, telecommunications, management of large projects and strategic development and implementation. She has a keen interest in the challenges and opportunities arising in the face of disruptive technology.

When Abby is not working, she spends her time supporting her three children's many interests, walking her dog, reading and trying to live a balanced life.

Prof. Sir Peter Gluckman

Sir Peter Gluckman

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman was the founding Director of the Liggins Institute and is one of New Zealand’s best known scientists. His research has won him numerous awards and international recognition including Fellowship of the Commonwealth’s most prestigious scientific organisation, The Royal Society (London).

In July 2009 Sir Peter Gluckman was appointed as the first Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. In this role, he is internationally respected for his work promoting the use of evidence in policy formation and the translation of scientific knowledge into better social, economic, and environmental outcomes.

Peter is an international advocate for science, promoting the translation of discoveries in biomedical research into improvements in long term health outcomes.

Jackie Lloyd

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Jackie Lloyd brings extensive governance experience from both private and public organisations to her role. She has a strong background in business transformation, human resources and leadership, as well as roles in the museum sector.

She is currently chair of Experience Wellington (Wellington Museums Trust), acting chair of New Zealand Post, a director of Naylor Love and AgResearch and trustee of The Lion Foundation.

Jackie also serves on the National Council of the Institute of Directors. 

Caren Rangi

Rakahanga, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, and Mangarongaro

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Caren is a proud Cook Islands Māori, who has a governance career that spans sixteen years on boards in the broadcasting, health, arts and education sectors. She is a qualified chartered accountant and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Her current Board roles include Deputy Chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand (Creative New Zealand), Director, Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Ltd, Trustee, Pacific Homecare Services and Director, Pacific Inc Ltd (trading as Le Va). Caren is also a Director of the Cook Islands Investment Corporation in Rarotonga. In addition to her Board roles, Caren is an Associate of the Centre for Social Impact.

Caren’s service to governance and leadership was recognised with the awarding of a 2016 New Zealander of the Year Local Hero Award, and the 2018 Linden Estate Hawke’s Bay Business Leader of the Year. In 2018 she was conferred with an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2018, for services to governance and the Pacific community.

Caren is passionate about supporting her Cook Islands and Pacific communities in New Zealand to achieve their aspirations and to contribute to New Zealand’s success.

Prof. Jacinta Ruru

Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui

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Jacinta Ruru is an award-winning Professor of Law at the University of Otago, Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Centre of Māori Research Excellence, fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, and recipient of the New Zealand’s Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Excellence in Tertiary Teaching.

Her extensive research considers Indigenous’ peoples’ rights, interests and responsibilities to own and care for lands and waters. She holds a PhD from the University of Victoria, Canada, and has multi-disciplinary research collaborations around the world. Jacinta advocates for the flourishing of Māori research and learning and is passionate about local community solutions for building resilience.