The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) opened to the public in 1964 and became an independent statutory entity by virtue of the MOTAT Act 2000 on 1 April 2000.  

MOTAT is governed  by a ten member Board (see section 5 of the MOTAT Act); six of the Board are appointed by Auckland Council, and the remaining four members are appointed by the MOTAT Society. Regional Facilities Auckland under its Advisory and Management Agreement with Auckland Council manages the board appointments process and recommends candidates to the Council for appointment.

The Chair, Deputy Chair and committee appointments are the responsibility of the Board and are reviewed and appointed by the Board each year, usually in November.

MOTAT is managed by a Director/Chief Executive appointed by the Board pursuant to section 15 of the MOTAT Act.  The Director in turn appointed a Senior Management Team comprising three General Managers (i.e. General Manager - Business Services, General Manager -  Collections, and General Manager - Museum Experience) who are responsible for a specific part of the MOTAT’s operations and to assist the Director with the management of the Museum.  The Director and the three General Managers report to the Board on a regular basis on the Museum’s performance in relation to the achievement of the objectives outlined in MOTAT’s Strategy and Annual Plans.

MOTAT’s vision is:

To be the “must experience” museum that uses past, present and future Kiwi technology and ingenuity to educate and inspire the innovators of tomorrow

The Vision is incorporated in the Museum’s Strategy and is reflected in the five key objectives:

  1. Maximise the Visitor Experience
  2. Empower the MOTAT team
  3. Improve the quality of the collection, its care and accessibility
  4. Improve our business and sustainability
  5. Engage with likeminded institutions

MOTAT’s Strategy and Annual Plans are aligned to the objectives outlined in section 12 of the MOTAT Act.

Current MOTAT Board Members are:

  • Sue Wood (Chair)
  • Helen Atkins (Deputy Chair)
  • Lindsay Corban
  • David Downs
  • Gavin Fernandez
  • Dr Bruce Hucker
  • Amit Prasad
  • Samantha Sharif
  • Mike Spraggon
  • Dr Brian Young


MOTAT is grateful for the support provided by Regional Facilities Auckland and the ratepayers of Auckland.


MOTAT Director – Michael Frawley

The Director position is a leadership role which oversees the operation of the Museum on a day-to-day basis, establishing a strong vision, values and strategy to guide the Museum’s operation, sponsorship, building and strengthening partnerships with other organisations, businesses and community groups, undertake actions to continuously improve the visitor experience and lead and measure this change.

Michael Frawley is a former lawyer and former managing partner of a UK Law firm Taylor Wessing. Michael gained his experience primarily at the senior level of the UK firm which he joined in 1990 as a Senior Associate and ended up being appointed as its CEO/Managing Partner in 2004.

His background includes extensive leadership, governance, change management, cultural conflict resolution, corporate restructuring and strategic review and development experience.

In addition to his role with MOTAT, Michael undertakes speaking engagements covering leadership, corporate change, minimising cultural conflict, strategic planning and shares his experience around managing the transition from a legal career to one outside the law.

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