Courtney Johnston
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Courtney Johnston

Museum of New Zealand / Te Papa Tongarewa

Tumu whakarae (chief executive)

  • Appointed December 2019.
  • Rejoined Te Papa as director audience and insight in 2018.
  • Director of The Dowse Art Museum and Petone Settlers Museum Te Whare Whaakaro o Pito-one, 2012-2018.
  • Immediate past chair of Museums Aotearoa.
  • Governance and advisory roles included at Inland Revenue and MBIE.
  • Masters in Art History from Victoria University of Wellington.


National Library of New Zealand
Web Manager, Web Editor
Sep 2006 - Jun 2010
National Digital Forum
Board Member
Jan 2009 - Dec 2011
Boost New Media
General Manager
Jun 2010 - Oct 2012
Hutt City Council
Director, Hutt City Museums
Oct 2012 - Aug 2018
Museum of New Zealand / Te Papa Tongarewa
Tumu Whakarae | Chief Executive, Director, Audience + Insight
Sep 2018 - Present

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