MOTAT’s journey began in 1964 and it became an independent statutory entity by virtue of the MOTAT Act in 2000 which sets out its statutory objectives and the mechanism for the funding of the Museum’s operations via a levy from the Auckland Council.
MOTAT is governed by ten board members. Six of the board members are appointed by Auckland Council based on recommendations from Tātaki Auckland Unlimited and the remaining four are appointed by the MOTAT Society.
MOTAT’s Chief Executive/Museum Director (who is appointed by the Board) is supported by an Executive Leadership Team consisting of the Chief Operating Officer who leads and manages the Business Services Hub; the Director, Collections who leads and manages the Collections Hub; and the Director, Museum Experience who leads and manages the Museum Experience Hub. The Chief Executive and Executive Leadership Team report to the Board on MOTAT’s performance, and the achievement of the Museum’s Vision and strategic and statutory objectives.
MOTAT is also required to present an Annual Plan to the Auckland Council outlining the levy it is seeking and an Annual Report outlining how those funds were utilised.
MOTAT’s Vision, the way it thinks, and works and the headline strategic objectives are outlined below:
TŌ MĀTAU MOEMOEĀ / OUR VISION
Our Vision is to use the past, present and future technology and ingenuity of Aotearoa to educate and inspire the innovators of tomorrow
PĀTAITAI / THE WAY WE THINK:
We will be bold and provide thought leadership that provokes a positive transformative impact on our community
MŌ TE PAI NUI / THE WAY WE WORK
The principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and The Treaty of Waitangi informs the implementation of our Strategy and guides our actions in the pursuit of our Vision
NGĀ TINO WHAINGĀ / CORE OBJECTIVES
OBJECTIVE 1: MAXIMISE THE VISITOR EXPERIENCE
OBJECTIVE 2: EMPOWER THE MOTAT TEAM
OBJECTIVE 3: IMPROVE QUALITY OF THE COLLECTION, ITS CARE AND ACCESSIBILITY
OBJECTIVE 4: IMPROVE OUR BUSINESS AND SUSTAINABILITY
OBJECTIVE 5: ENGAGE WITH LIKE MINDED INSTITUTIONS
and are aligned to the objectives outlined in section 12 of the MOTAT Act.
Helen Atkins (Chair)
Amit Prasad (Deputy Chair)
Dr Nicholas Waipara
MOTAT is grateful for the support provided by Tātaki Auckland Unlimited and the ratepayers of Auckland.