As Director, Ngā Manu Atarau, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand

As Director, Ngā Manu Atarau, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand

As my adventures in music, story and indigenous knowledge have unfolded, I have also been invited or sought to undertake various leadership roles. These include formal roles - such as at Te Papa Tongarewa, the University of Auckland and Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa. It has also included membership of various boards and committees such as Fulbright New Zealand, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, the New Zealand Festival and the Science Board of the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment. I have had less formal roles too, particularly through my involvement within iwi/Māori communities and upon our marae. See here for my previous leadership roles.

Current Leadership Roles

TE Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand 2016-2019

My current role is Director, Ngā Manu Atarau (Communities, Repatriation, Sector Development) where I oversee a 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.

professor of indigenous development 2009-2014

In the period 2009-2014, I was Professor of Indigenous Development, Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland. I was also Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, a centre of research excellence devoted to Indigenous Development. 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.


director of graduate studies and research, te wānanga-o-raukawa 1995-2002

In the period 1995-2002, I was Director of Graduate Studies and Research at Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa, a tribal college located at Ōtaki. My particular responsibilities concerned the development of graduate offerings, the fostering a research culture in the organisation and as Kaihautū-leader of the Master of Mātauranga Māori. This masterate was designed to foster advanced scholarship in the Māori language and concerning traditional Māori knowledge.