New Auckland Art Gallery director Gregory Burke under investigation for alleged workplace harassment

New Auckland Art Gallery director Gregory Burke under investigation for alleged workplace harassment
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Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki's new director is currently under investigation for alleged workplace harassment in Canada.

Gregory Burke is the outgoing CEO and executive director of the Remai Modern Art Museum in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where he's worked since 2013.

In December 2018, he was appointed director of the Auckland Art Gallery, and will return to New Zealand to take up that job in April, after leaving his current role in mid-March.

Canada's national broadcaster CBC reports that the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission is investigating a complaint laid against Mr Burke by a woman he worked with at the Mendel Art Gallery, now known as the Remai Modern.

Neither the woman nor the nature of the complaint have been disclosed. The commission investigator said she intends to speak with the complainant, Mr Burke and "all potential witnesses".

Chris Brooks, CEO of Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) and acting director of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki said the RFA was aware of the reported investigation by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.

"However, out of consideration for privacy and any due process that may follow, RFA will not - as in all cases of this type - be making any further statement."

Mr Burke was director of New Plymouth's Govett-Brewster Art Gallery from 1998 to 2005, before moving to Toronto to run the Power Plant Art Gallery.

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