Practice Leaders 

Te Papa's Practice Leaders are senior specialists who provide thought leadership across a range of practices essential to the achievement of our goals. Practice leaders are responsible for the development and dissemination of their practice, and for facilitating its implementation into Te Papa’s programmes and operations.  The five practice areas are: 

  • Research
  • Organisation Development / Leading Leaders
  • Visitor Learning & Audience Advocacy
  • Digital Futures
  • Mana Taonga

Practice Leader Research – Dame Claudia Orange

Claudia began her current position at Te Papa in 2013. She previously held the positions of Director of History and Pacific Cultures, and Collections and Research Group Director at the Museum.

Before coming to Te Papa, Claudia was General Editor of the multi-volume Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (1990–2003). She oversaw the Dictionary’s move online in 2002. During this period, Claudia also served as Acting Chief Historian at the Department of Internal Affairs (1997–2000).

Claudia has received various honours. She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1993. She received University of Auckland’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997. In 2009, she became a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DCNZM).

Claudia has published widely on New Zealand history, particularly race relations and the Treaty of Waitangi. An Illustrated History of the Treaty of Waitangi (2004) is among her more recent publications.


Dame Claudia Orange

Practice Leader Organisation Development / Leading Leaders – Fiona Allen


Practice Leader Visitor Learning & Audience Advocacy – Neil Anderson (Acting)


Practice Leader Digital Futures (vacant)


Practice Leader Mana Taonga (vacant)