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Hikitia Barton

Collection Manager Taonga Māori

Hikitia has been involved with Auckland Museum since 2004, as both a volunteer and employee.  She worked for us as a guest educator, library assistant and inventory technician before becoming Collection Manager Taonga Māori.

In this role Hikitia watches over the processing, documentation, access arrangements and physical care of the Museum’s extraordinary Māori collections.

This is a key position for the Museum because it helps us live up to our Māori engagement aspirations.

“Essentially, I help care for all taonga Maori in the museum, so the privilege is all mine. Its true when people say ‘if you are doing what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life’. That’s how I feel working with taonga and that’s why I’m here”.

Favourite artefact: Mararukura a Maruaru (ethnology number: 60016)

“This tiki is gorgeous! I love her colouring (Kahurangi pounamu) and her personality. She reminds me of a family greenstone pendant that was once lost, then stolen and then managed to find its way back to us in the most uncanny of situations. For me, this particular tiki is like the diamond in the rough.”