The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) opened in 1964 and after the introduction of the MOTAT Act 2000, the museum is now controlled by the Museum of Transport and Technology Board. The Auckland Council controlled Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) meets the net operating cost of maintaining, operating and developing the Auckland museum.

The Museum displays objects of New Zealand's and Auckland's transport and technology significance. MOTAT’s core activities include the conservation, recreation and education relating to heritage.

Current MOTAT Board Members are:

Dr Lesley McTurk (Board Chair)
Mike Spraggon (Deputy Chair)
Helen Atkins
Lindsay Corban
Bruce Howat
Dr Bruce Hucker 
Bill Rayner
Hon. Judith Tizard 
Sue Wood
Amit Prasad 

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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