History team

Find out about the people that make up our History team and their roles at Te Papa.

Safua Akeli Amaama

Head of New Zealand and Pacific Histories and Cultures

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Safua Akeli Amaama is a historian, with a particular interest in Pacific-New Zealand relations. She has research interests in cultural heritage, gender, migration, health, and governance.

Claire Regnault

Senior Curator New Zealand Histories and Cultures

Claire Regnault

Claire’s research interests lie primarily in New Zealand's fashion history and associated industries, including textile design, retail, marketing, publishing and photography, and 20th century and contemporary craft, in particular studio jewellery. Current research includes Te Papa’s 19th century dress collection, and the changing relationship between nature and clothing.

Stephanie Gibson

Curator New Zealand Histories and Cultures

Stephanie Gibson

Stephanie’s research interests include the material and visual culture of protest, reform, and human rights, as well as everyday life and popular culture in Aotearoa. Her continuing museological research focuses on museums and community participation.

Katie Cooper

Curator New Zealand Histories and Cultures

Katie Cooper

Katie’s research interest is the material culture of domestic life, focusing in particular on nineteenth-century New Zealand. She is also engaged in ongoing research into the social and cultural history of rural New Zealand.

Grace Gassin

Curator Asian New Zealand Histories

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Grace’s overarching focus is on highlighting the diverse historical and contemporary experiences of New Zealand’s many Asian diaspora communities. Her wide-ranging interests also encompass the politics of inclusion and interpretation that frame our understandings of Asian diaspora histories, and transnational dimensions of Asian Australasian diaspora experiences.

 

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