Otago Museum marketing and development co-ordinator Juliet
Pierce is to leave the museum in November, in the latest in a
recent series of staff departures.
Clare Wilson, a former collections, research and experience
director, who had worked at the museum for 20 years, left
last month after being made redundant in a management team
Chris Farry, the museum's finance and commercial director,
subsequently resigned, saying it was not in protest over Ms
Wilson's departure, but that her going had been an ''enormous
loss'', about which he had felt ''massive disappointment''.
He felt a drop in energy for his work after she left, and
realised it was time to leave.
Ms Pierce (25), who was born in Invercargill and has a
bachelor of commerce degree with honours from the University
of Otago, has been at the museum for the past four years,
being promoted last year. She emphasised she was not stepping
down in protest and wanted to travel abroad and perhaps find
She had nevertheless been saddened by Ms Wilson's departure,
and remained ''extremely grateful'' for the opportunities Ms
Wilson and the museum had given her.
''It's more than I could have hoped for.''
Ms Wilson had been ''incredibly forward thinking'' and had
genuinely cared about ''the outcome for the community''
arising from what the museum did.
''It's the people that make the great stuff happen,'' she
Ms Pierce had only just completed her Otago studies when she
took up her museum job and her experience had grown
considerably since then. She will leave on November 5.
Dr Griffin acknowledged the work she had done, was ''sad''
she was leaving and wished her well for the future.
''It's great that we are able to attract people with such
Staff movements at the museum from time to time were nothing
new, but sometimes when there was a ''change in direction'',
some staff thought about the ''big picture'' from their own
perspective and ''decided to move on''.
Ms Pierce's first full-time job had been at the museum and
she now wanted to move offshore and try some ''overseas
The museum was committed to ''transparent'' dealings with the
news media and the community, and he hoped to appoint someone
to a similar role, with some overlap with Ms Pierce before