WAIRARAPA: Museums: are they the vanity projects of an intellectual elite?
Wednesday, 10 February 2021 8:00pm
The Copthorne Hotel and Resort, 246 High Street South, Solway, Masterton

SPEAKER: Ken Gorbey - International Museum Consultant

Director of the Waikato Museum from 1970 to 1983, Gorbey had many different roles in the establishment of Te Papa from 1985 to 1999.  From 1999 to 2002, he was key to the opening of the Jewish Museum in Berlin.  

Today his work includes performing arts centres, urban renewal, historic sites and precincts, an arboretum, and cultural tourism attractions, as well as assisting the creation of new, and the re-engineering of existing, galleries and museums.  These projects range from small community-based to large multi-million dollar developments in Russia, Germany, Australia, the United States, and Mexico as well as New Zealand.  A number of projects involve working with Iwi and Hapu authorities.  

His memoir “Te Papa to Berlin” was published in 2020 by Otago University Press.