Michael Frawley is the Director/Chief Executive of the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) located in the Western Springs, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. MOTAT is the largest science and technology museum in Aotearoa.
Michael Frawley is of Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāpuhi descent and a qualified lawyer. He began his role at MOTAT in 2013 and has used his 25 years of business restructuring, strategic development and cultural change experience to develop and implement MOTAT’s Vision, Values and Strategy to achieve the objectives outlined in the MOTAT Act.
Michael works closely with the Museum’s Board, General Managers and the MOTAT Team (i.e., employees and volunteers) to ensure that the past, present, and future technology and ingenuity of Aotearoa is used to educate and inspire the next generation of innovators and that te reo, te ao and mātauranga Māori is woven into everything the Museum does.
Michael was the first recipient of the Te Mētara Moerua Nātanhira (medal) in 2022 which recognises individuals who accomplish unity for the greater good of Ngāti Maniapoto.