I come from a family that has long been involved in bringing about positive change in the world. This has arisen from a mix of social responsibility and social justice together with imagining creative possibilities and bringing them about. Over the years, I have held various roles through which I have sought to bring about positive change. I have never been interested in maintaining the status quo particularly when it is clear that things need to be addressed.
Current Role: TE Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand
My current role is Director, Ngā Manu Atarau (Communities, Repatriation, Sector Development). My responsibilities include overseeing the Directorate responsible for relationships with iwi/tribal communities, contributions to Treaty of Waitangi settlements, repatriation of Māori and Moriori human remains from international institutions, building capacity and capability within the museum, art gallery iwi sector across New Zealand and with leading the bicultural aspects of the museum overall.
previous role: professor of indigenous development
In the period 2009-2014, I was Professor of Indigenous Development, Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland. In this role, I explored the question of the relationship between the university and community development - the role that academia can play in bringing about positive change. I was a professor in indigenous development, which referred to the core wisdom that lies at the heart indigeneity and to the experiences and the search toward empowerment which indigenous communities worldwide are undertaking. Although problematic, the word 'development' is used here to indicate the conscious and deliberate orientation toward positive change in indigenous communities. See my keynote presentation entitled 'Towards a Manifesto for Indigenous Development' delivered as an opening address to the 2012 Indigenous Development conference, Auckland, New Zealand.