Major Corke Hands Over Baton to Major Marsden

Today, Major Paul Corke (left) is handing over the baton of Military Operations Manager to Major Tim Marsden (right).
Although the history and connection between the National Army Museum and the New Zealand Army is long and profound, the Military Operations Manager is the visible link between both and the only uniformed role at the Museum.
Major Corke has spent a whirlwind 2022 as the Military Operations Manager and has played an integral part in allowing us to continue to deliver an experience for our visitors we can be proud of. When asked what has been the most memorable aspects during his tenure: “It is, without reservation, the soldier stories that the Museum proudly continues to tell, and the professional team that enable the stories to be told”. Major Corke leaves the Museum to return to a Women, Peace and Security role for the New Zealand Army. Sir, you say it has been your privilege to serve at the National Army Museum, we say it has been our privilege to have you serve with us.
Major Marsden comes to the Museum after spending three and a half years as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Headquarters of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force in Murray Barracks, Port Moresby. Waiouru is quite a change from the jungle and tropics of Papua New Guinea (we wish him well for the upcoming winter months), but we have heard that Mount Ruapehu calls all soldiers home to Waiouru eventually. With a long association with the National Army Museum going back to 1999 as Second in Command of 4 Logistic Battalion, a key partner of the Museum back then, Major Marsden is looking forward to driving the Military Operations at our Museum for 2023.
Major Corke, thank you from all of us at the National Army Museum for your excellent work here. We wish you all the best with your next role, and hope you come back for a visit soon. Major Marsden, welcome to the Museum whānau!
The photos were taken in front of our Memorial, Roimata Pounamu – Tears on Greenstone, Major Corke’s favourite space within our Museum.