After completing my BA in History and Māori Studies at Victoria University, I started my career at Huia Publishers, followed by contract work with Bridget Williams Books and a short stint with Te Papa as the Acting Manager of the Picture Library. It was this short stint at Te Papa that sowed the seeds for the museum career I never knew I always wanted! Having spent 18 months in London, followed by a year at home with my thunderous daughter Whaitiri, I made the decision last year to embark on my Masters in Museum and Heritage Studies. This current placement with National Services Te Paerangi is my third and final placement for my Masters and comes after a term last year with Te Papa’s Matauranga Māori Curatorial Team. Earlier this year, I undertook my second placement with the Museum of Wellington City and Sea where I was tasked with finding exhibition stories about contemporary Māori society in the Wellington region. It has been an honour to contribute to the development of the Kāhui Kaitiaki network and the upcoming hui as my current placement and I look forward to it progressing and gaining momentum for the betterment of Māori in this sector. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it to the hui in October as I am due to give birth to my second child at the end of August but I look forward to re-connecting with everybody again in the future through Kāhui Kaitiaki.
Ngā mihi mahana,
Tūhoe, Taranaki, Ngāti Whakaue, Te Ati Awa