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Pacific Collection Access Project

Meet the project team

Sarah Kapuhealani Bishop, Senior Collection Technician

Anita Tu'u Jacobsen, Collection Technician

Leone Samu Tui, Collection Technician

Back row, left to right: Anita Tu'u Jacobsen, Sarah Kapuhealani Bishop, and Leone Samu.

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Sarah, Anita and Leone’s role in the project is to update the Museum’s database gathering information from the Museum’s paper based records, undertaking research on the items and working with cultural knowledge holders to uncover stories and information about the items and the appropriate names and terminologies from different items that are specific to each island nation/grouping.

 

Sabine Weik, Project Conservator

Sabine Weik

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Sabine will examine and clean each item and if necessary undertake conservation treatments to ensure the item is conserved and safe for many years to come.

 

Marcus Capes, Senior Storage Technician

Valerie Noiret-Leblanc, Storage Technician

Marcus Capes and Valerie Noiret-Leblanc

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Marcus and Valerie are responsible for bringing items out of storage into the project workspace and creating new and safer storage solutions once the collection technicians and project conservator have completed their work.

 

Barbara Makuati-Afitu, Community Engagement Facilitator

Barbara’s role is to reach out to Pacific communities in Auckland and connect with cultural knowledge holders from these communities who can contribute to the project. She will also create opportunities for groups to visit the Museum and see their treasures up close while they are being worked on.

 

Fuli Pereira, Curator Pacific

Fuli Pereira (left) with members of the Fijian community at the launch of Nai Yau Vakaviti: Na Ka Mareqeti.

Image: Max Lemesh, 1 October 2016Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Fuli will be guiding the team, engaging with cultural knowledge holders to learn more about the collection from them and overseeing the information that is being added to the Museum’s records. She will also work with community members and artists to develop co-curated displays which will be installed directly outside the project workspace.

 

Kolokesa Māhina-Tuai, Project Curator, Pacific

Kolokesa U. Māhina-Tuai (right), with a guest at the opening of Nai Yau Vakaviti: Na Ka Mareqeti.

Image: Max Lemesh, 1 October 2016Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Kolokesa will be engaging with Pacific communities and cultural knowledge holders to learn more about the collections, capture stories and identify areas for collection development. This will inform her role as the dedicated Pacific curator in a team that is working on the first phase of gallery renewals, where she will focus on the Pacific content of the new galleries.

 

Jami Williams, Project Manager

Jami is responsible for the overall delivery of the project, leading the team and reporting progress through to the Museum’s leadership team and the Pacific Advisory Group.