Key appointments set civic precinct up for future success

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Three key appointments relating to Tauranga’s civic precinct have been confirmed, helping to set the once-in-a-generation development up for future success.

From 31 March 2023, local resident and experienced director Kim Wallace will take on the position of Board Chair, while the similarly-experienced Barry Bragg will join the CCO as a Board Director. These decisions follow last week’s appointment of Greg McManus to the role of Director of Museums.

Kim Wallace, Chair

Kim Wallace is a resident of Tauranga Moana. She has had an executive career in finance, complemented with full time governance appointments over the past 10 years.

Since 2018 Kim has been the Independent Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee Risk Committee for Christchurch City Council. She is also currently Deputy Chair of AgResearch Limited and an Independent Director of Port Nelson Limited and Origin Capital Partners.

In addition, Kim is Chair of several Project Steering Committees charged with the oversight of significantly large and complex Crown-funded construction projects. These include the new $97 million AgResearch Lincoln building, $1 billion State Highway 2 projects between Waihi and Tauranga, and the $870 million South Auckland (Drury) projects.

Kim was also a part-time governance advisor to Waka Kotahi – New Zealand Transport Agency and KiwiRail for five years, advising on the $1.5 billion North Canterbury road and rail reinstatement project.

Barry Bragg, Director

Barry Bragg is currently Chair of Te Kaha Project Delivery Limited, a council-controlled organisation set up to independently govern the design and construction of the $683 million Te Kaha multi-use arena in Christchurch, reporting to Treasury under the Crown funding agreement.

Barry is also current Chair of Pegasus Health Limited, the largest Primary Health Network in the South Island, and current Chair of Paenga Kupenga Limited, a subsidiary of Ngāi Tahu’s investment arm Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga, supporting the delivery of social outcomes.

Other governance roles include current Chair of Quarry Capital Limited, Deputy Chair of Stevenson Group Limited and Director of Christchurch City Holdings Limited.

Of Ngāi Tahu, Whānau a Apanui and Whakatōhea descent, Barry has previous executive experience working for various energy and telecommunications organisations across New Zealand.

Greg McManus, Director of Museums

Greg recently completed a 10-year term as CEO of Waitangi National Trust, leading the development of two significant new museums from concept to completion and operation: Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi and Te Rau Aroha Museum of the Price of Citizenship.

He led the transformation of Waitangi Treaty Grounds into a world class visitor destination, securing the financial sustainability of the organisation and enhancing the mana of the site as the most important historic place in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Prior to Waitangi, Greg was Director of Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa for 15 years, leading a capital construction programme that completed the famous Bathhouse building to its original 1912 plans and transforming the museum into one of the most awarded visitor attractions in New Zealand.

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