Auckland Museums collaborate

New Zealand Maritime Museum. Photo: Ingolfson, English Wikipedia

Media Release, Auckland Museums collaborate on maritime heritage, Scoop, 28 May 2015

Museums Collaborate on the Future of Waterfront’s Maritime And Cultural Heritage Experience

New Zealand Maritime Museum and Auckland War Memorial Museum have established a strategic partnership to develop future plans for a maritime and cultural precinct on Auckland’s waterfront.

The Museums have established a leadership partnership and working group to ensure a sustainable future for a strong maritime and cultural presence at one of Auckland’s most premium destinations.

The first step in this partnership is the announcement of the appointment of a Director for NZ Maritime Museum. Mr Vincent Lipanovich will be seconded from Auckland Museum where he is currently Head of Visitor Services and Protocol.

Mr Lipanovich has been at Auckland Museum for eight years and is a Trustee on the New Zealand War Graves Trust. He has been pivotal in contributing to the Museum’s stakeholder relationships, working with Auckland Council, NZ Defence Force, RSAs and central government. He begins his new role on 8th June.

“We’re thrilled to have the expertise of Mr Lipanovich who has a strong background in museum management and enhancing visitor experiences, says Chair of New Zealand Maritime Museum, David Winstone.

“This is the beginning of a very close working relationship with Auckland Museum and we are looking forward to being able to share our resources and expertise in readiness for developing a future solution to our presence on the waterfront,” he said.

Auckland Museum Director Roy Clare said that both organisations support the aspirations of the Auckland Plan and Waterfront Auckland’s vision of creating a world class destination, resulting in the greatest outcomes for all Aucklanders.

“We are 100% behind the growth and development of the city’s waterfront, and we see it as our duty as a leader in Auckland’s cultural heritage, to support this body of work and ensure that the maritime and cultural precinct will be a major part of Auckland’s success and prosperity into the future.” Mr Clare said.

“Auckland’s maritime and cultural narratives are rich and compelling and both organisations recognize an opportunity to leverage what already exists, in order to enable the city to better meet the needs of Aucklanders and visitors to the city.”