Anthony Wright MSc, FNZIM

Anthony has been Director of Canterbury Museum since 1996. He trained as a botanist, becoming Curator of Botany at Auckland Museum in 1980. After 10 years in this role he progressed through wider collections management and assistant director roles culminating in periods as redevelopment director and acting museum director.

At Canterbury Museum, Anthony has overseen an increase of more than 80% in visitor numbers to a record 720,000 in 2015-16. The Canterbury earthquakes of 2010-11 saw the Museum closed for six months, and an extensive recovery and remediation programme is underway. The Museum opened a second central city site in 2013, Quake City, to tell the earthquake stories.

Alongside his Canterbury Museum role, Anthony is Chair of Christchurch’s Public Art Advisory Group, Deputy Chair of the Antarctic Heritage Trust, President of the New Zealand Botanical Society and a trustee of several science, arts and cultural trusts. He has served four terms as Chair of Museums Aotearoa, New Zealand’s peak professional body for museums.