31 May 2010

Sir Don McKinnon to run Auckland Museum

1:31 pm on 31 May 2010

The Auckland War Memorial Museum has appointed Sir Don McKinnon as interim director, temporarily filling the void left by his controversial predecessor.

Vanda Vitali resigned in March after a tenure notable for a number of high-profile disputes and restructuring at the institution.

Her departure divided opinion, with some people calling for the museum's board to be sacked.

Sir Don, a former Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, will start next week, while work continues to find a permanent director.

The chairman of the Museum Trust Board, William Randall, says that Sir Don has a track record of bringing out the best in people, and that his steadying influence will be beneficial as the museum moves towards a new governance structure.