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Taonga Māori team

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

Dougal Austin

Acting Kaihāpai Mātauranga Māori | Head of 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.

Iwi affiliation: Kāti Mamoe, Kāi Tahu, Waitaha

Matiu Baker

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.

Iwi affiliation: Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Whakaue

Matariki Williams

Curator Mātauranga Māori

Matariki Williams

Matariki has a broad interest in the intersections within te ao Māori and how this contributes to a diverse contemporary Māori society. Her research interests include contemporary social history, art, and digital expressions of self and culture. Matariki is a Kāhui Kaitiaki representative on the Museums Aotearoa Board and also serves on the board of the National Digital Forum.

Iwi affiliation: Tūhoe, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Hauiti

Isaac Te Awa

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.

Iwi affiliation: Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Ngā Puhi

 

 

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