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Meet the research team

  • Louise Furey

    Dr Louise Furey is the E. E. Vaile Curator of Archaeology at Auckland Museum. She brings to the project 35 years of experience and an extensive knowledge of upper North Island archaeology.

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  • Simon Holdaway

    Professor Simon Holdaway is a New Zealand trained archaeologist, graduating from Otago University. Simon’s research looks at the relationship of people to environmental change.

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  • Thegn Ladefoged

    Dr Thegn Ladefoged is Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean (Research) at the University of Auckland. Thegn's current research interests include Oceanic prehistory, socio-political transformation, agricultural intensification and geographic information systems.

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  • Rebecca Phillipps

    Dr Rebecca Phillipps is a Professional Teaching Fellow in the Anthropology Department and manages the fieldwork and laboratory work of the Great Mercury project.

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