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Mātauranga Māori team

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

Dougal Austin
Kāti Mamoe, Kāi Tahu, Waitaha

Senior Curator Mātauranga Māori

Dougal Austin

Dougal (Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu) has a particular research interest in the origins, development, cultural use and significance of hei tiki   hei tikipendant in human formMāori | noun, an interest he will continue to develop. His current work has included a tour of the Kura Pounamu exhibition in China.

Matiu Baker
Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Whakaue

Curator Mātauranga Māori

Matiu Baker

Matiu has a broad interest in the many areas of Mātauranga Māori. Recent research has included work on Māori photographs and photography of Māori in 19th century New Zealand.

Isaac Te Awa
Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Ngā Puhi

Curator Mātauranga Māori

Isaac sitting at a table with kākahu (Māori cloaks) in front of him

Isaac has a diverse interest within te ao Māori and a passion for the reconnection of taonga Māori to people, place and community. He is an active practitioner and researcher of Māori weaving and carving with a special interest in the revitalisation and documentation of traditional technique, practice, and knowledge.


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