Courtney Johnston

Courtney Johnston
Courtney Johnston, Tumu Whakarae Chief Executive Te Papa.jpg
Johnston in 2019
Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Alma materVictoria University of Wellington
OccupationMuseum professional
Radio correspondent

Courtney Johnston is a New Zealand museum professional, a national radio correspondent, and the chief executive of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Early life and education

Johnston grew up on dairy farm in Taranaki, later moving to Wellington to study and work as a visitor host at Te Papa. She has a master's degree in art history from Victoria University of Wellington.[1][2]


Johnston has lived and worked in Wellington with roles at a variety of galleries and cultural institutions, including the Adam Art Gallery, City Gallery Wellington, and from 2012–2018 was the director of the Dowse Art Museum after roles at the National Library of New Zealand and Boost New Media where she worked in communications and web roles.[3][4]

In 2019, Johnston became the youngest chief executive to head The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.[1][2][5] Johnston is also a board member of Arts Wellington and the Wellington Performing Arts Trust and the immediate past chair of the umbrella group Museums Aotearoa.[1][2]

She has worked as an arts correspondent for Radio New Zealand’s "Nine to Noon" program since 2010.[6]


Johnston was the 2015 recipient of a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust travel grant for researching contemporary museum practices in the U.S.[7][1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d Long, Jessica (13 December 2019). "Te Papa appoints youngest chief executive to head national museum". Stuff. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Youngest ever CEO plans some TLC for disillusioned Te Papa staff". Radio New Zealand. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  3. ^ Simon Edwards (11 September 2012). "Courtney Johnston can't wait to start at Dowse". Stuff. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Leadership appointments bring new expertise to Te Papa". Scoop. 24 July 2018. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  5. ^ "New Chief Executive Courtney Johnston will lead Te Papa into a new era". Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Arts commentator Courtney Johnston to judge Rotorua Museum Art Awards". www.rotorualakescouncil.nz. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Winston Churchill Memorial Trust 2015 Fellows and their research reports » Community Matters". www.communitymatters.govt.nz. Retrieved 15 January 2020.

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