Annual Report : Annual Report 2012-2013
Tribute to Rodney Wilson, CNZM Dr Rodney Wilson, who passed away in Auckland in April 2013, is fondly remembered by colleagues for his spectacular achievements during his thirteen-year tenure as Director at Auckland War Memorial Museum as well as the major contribution he made to New Zealand’s cultural landscape. On the museum’s 150th anniversary in May 2002, the Government announced it would contribute half the funds needed for the museum’s $53 million Stage Two redevelopment. Rodney and his team set about raising the balance over the next few years, with no drain on local councils. It was a triumphant moment when the new facilities were officially opened in 2006. A refined scholar and entrepreneurial businessman, he was renowned for rallying goodwill and support. His Auckland Museum colleagues remember a man with exceptional vision and creativity, and a predilection for bow ties and leather jackets. He was the first director to drive to work on a motorbike. New Zealand has lost a fine figure who was influential and respected at the apex of our cultural and arts sector. In 2006 the NZ Herald named him a New Zealander of the Year and the following year Rodney was appointed Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Rodney trained in Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury, and shortly after he was appointed director of the Wairarapa Arts Centre in Masterton. During the early 70s he studied Art History in the Netherlands. He returned to New Zealand as the first appointee to the new Art History Department at the University of Canterbury; but, after five years of university teaching and gaining a PhD in Art History from Canterbury, he resigned to become Director of Christchurch’s Robert McDougall Art Gallery. In 1980 he was appointed Director of the Auckland Art Gallery and after a successful term there was appointed Director of the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. He returned to New Zealand to establish the National Maritime Museum on Hobson Wharf, and was later Director of Auckland Museum from 1994 until 2007. In recent years, he formed his own company, Site Specific, and consulted on numerous projects, including a review of Dunedin City Museums, an exhibition honouring Christchurch architect Sir Miles Warren, and the development of The Shore Exhibition Centre for North Shore City Council. His outstanding contribution to architecture was honoured in the 2010 New Zealand Institute of Architects President’s Awards and in 2012 Auckland Museum presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Rodney’s legacy will forever remain in the museum as testament to his vision and fortitude. No reira e te rangatira pupuri taonga haere koe ki te ara karere kore ki muri. May you continue your debates in the presence of your forefathers.
Annual Report 2013-2014
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