Experience Wellington has made preliminary decisions about its organisational structure following consultation with its 147 staff and the development of the organisation’s three-year strategic plan, approved last year.

Chief Executive Dr Sarah Rusholme says staff have provided invaluable feedback on the future structure of the organisation.

“We are very grateful to Experience Wellington staff who have contributed to the change process so far which if confirmed would see stronger integration of te ao Māori and greater collaboration across our cultural institutions.

“Some of the staff feedback matched public commentary around City Gallery Wellington and the need for specialist art leadership and expertise and we have made changes to reflect this.

“There’s been overwhelming support for enhancing te ao Māori, that will result in a new role of curator (Toi Māori) at the City Gallery, and a Director Māori Engagement role joining Experience Wellington’s leadership team.

Dr Rusholme said she would now consult affected staff about the preliminary decisions, with a final decision expected next month.  

“I recognise that this is a challenging process for everyone involved. I am confident that we are on track to not only enhance the visitor experience and deeper engagement with our audiences but also build a positive, supportive workplace culture.”

Experience Wellington is a Council Controlled Organisation that operates six iconic cultural institutions – Capital E, Space Place at Carter Observatory, City Gallery Wellington, Nairn Street Cottage, Wellington Museum and the Cable Car Museum.