Current Board members 

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

Evan Williams (Chair)

Evan Williams is a former Chairman of the law firm Chapman Tripp, and former Chair of the Auckland City Mission Board of Trustees.

Evan studied and lectured in law at Victoria University of Wellington before practising as a lawyer, specialising in domestic and international commercial law. He has significant experience advising on strategy, negotiation, and implementation for large projects in the energy and electricity sectors.

For the last 10 years, Evan has focused on property developments in New Zealand and other investments, with a strong focus on building local partnerships, and on preserving the conservation and heritage values of large coastal properties.

Evan’s recreational interests include literature, the arts, heritage and conservation, walking, and farming.


Evan Williams

Philip Carter

Philip Carter has made major community contributions in both the arts and local government in Christchurch. He has been a Christchurch City Councillor and is a director of the Christchurch International Airport. He was the Principal Sponsor of Christchurch Heritage Week from 2000 to 2007. He is sole sponsor of the Auditorium of the Christchurch City Arts Gallery, was the Arts Festival Sponsor for eight years, and in 2009 was the South Island patron of the Venice Biennale.

He is Managing Director of the Carter Group of Companies.

 Philip Carter

Wendy Lai

Wendy Lai is a partner in business advisory company Deloitte and is a specialist in strategy and operations. Her strategic and operation skills have seen her working with a number of New Zealand and Australian public sector and corporate clients. She specialises in change management. She is a graduate of the University of Auckland and is also a Crown appointment to the Waitemata District Health Board.

 Wendy Lai


Paul Majurey

Paul F Majurey (Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāti Pāoa and Ngāti Tamaterā (Marutūāhu)) is a senior partner in the specialist environmental and public law firm Atkins Holm Majurey. He has represented Māori and corporate interests for nearly 30 years on Treaty and environmental law at all levels, including as senior counsel before the Privy Council and Supreme Court.

Paul has also advised on and led Treaty of Waitangi negotiations across New Zealand. He is chair of the Hauraki Collective of iwi (12 iwi), chair of the Tāmaki Collective of iwi (13 iwi/hapū) and chair of the Marutūāhu Collective of iwi (5 iwi). Paul has served on three Ministerial technical advisory groups (Treaty settlements and environmental legislative reviews), is a co-author of environmental law texts and local authority RMA Hearing Commissioner.

Paul Majurey

Dayle Mace

Dayle Mace has been a longstanding supporter and patron of both the visual arts and theatre in New Zealand. Dayle is an ardent advocate of contemporary New Zealand art and was on the Philanthropy Taskforce set up to look at and advise on philanthropy in New Zealand.

Key positions that Dayle holds are:  Trust Board member of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki Foundation and chair of the Auckland Art Gallery Patrons. She was founding co chair of the Auckland Theatre Company Patrons and still holds that position today. She is also a Board member of the P.A. Edmiston Trust, the New Zealand Contemporary Art Trust, the Auckland Art Fair and the Arts Regional Trust Board. Dayle is on the Elam Advancement Advisory Board and serves on the Creative Giving Reference Group.

Dayle Mace

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.

Peter Gluckman

Fran Wilde



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