MA21 Waitangi conference presenters
Get to know the speakers who are coming to share their experiences, expertise and insights at MA21 Waitangi.
Details will be confirmed closer to the event.
Mihingarangi Forbes walks in two worlds. She’s a fair-skinned Māori from Hauraki and Waikato iwi on one side and her mother’s family enjoys a long suffragette history. Her great great-grandfather William Sidney Lovell-Smith married Kate Sheppard, who successfully campaigned for the women’s vote and won.
Mihingarangi has a wide brief, as a current affairs presenter and investigative journalist one day she can be interviewing the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on the Waitangi lawn and the next sitting across from burly tattooed men talking about state abuse. In her 20 years of journalism she has worked across programmes such as The Hui, Campbell Live, Native Affairs, 60 Minutes and 20/20.
She is an award-winning investigative journalist who is an accomplished facilitator of debates and events. She can host multiple guests in a live or pre-recorded setting with ease. She has a strong interest in history and fronts the first of New Zealand ’s Land War’s series Stories of Ruapekapeka which has screened both nationally and internationally. Mihi is married and a mother of four children who are all bilingual.
Pam Bain, Heritage New Zealand
Pam Bain is the Director Regional Services Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga based in Tairawhiti. She has a background in archaeological site management and working with communities and is passionate about opportunities to tell heritage stories.
Sid Kingi, Kaumātua in Ngāti Rangi-Ngāti Rēhia
Present at the Slates presentation at the Stone Store. Longtime resident of Skudders Beach Kerikeri Inlet. Whakapapa Tūturu e te roto kei Kerikeri. Āpotoro for the Rātana faith.
Lindsay Charman, Heritage New Zealand
Lindsay Charman is a Senior Visitor Host for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. He has been kaitiaki at Clendon House, Rawene for over 23 years and reflects the wealth of information we have about the Clendon family and their lives in the Bay of Islands and later, the Hokianga.
“People like a good story and the Clendon House story is rich with personal details. It is empowering to tell it, to visit the time of early European settlement and unfold some of the key events, as seen through the eyes of a family who was there.”
John Coster, Heritage Consultant
John Coster has been involved in cultural heritage management for the last 45 years, as an archaeologist and museum professional. He has worked for a number of government departments and local authorities, as well as the private sector. He was the Museums Liaison Officer at Auckland War Memorial Museum until 1995.
Since then, he has undertaken a variety of related consultancy work, specialising in strategic planning and feasibility studies for small museums.
Janneen Love, Workshop E
Anika Klee, Auckland War Memorial Museum
Kia ora koutou, ko Anika tōku ingoa. Originally from Wellington, I have been working in the GLAM sector since 2007, in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
I’ve been at Auckland War Memorial Museum for seven years in a variety of roles, currently seconded from my substantive role of Collection Manager Gallery Improvements to Project Collection Manager Gallery Renewal.
Shane Te Ruki,Te Awamutu Museum
Ngāti Unu, Ngāti Kahu, Iwi Advisor, Te Reo expert, Journeys Project Team.
Ella Weehuizen, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom
Since returning home from the Netherlands where she was doing a Masters in Archeology, Ella has independently curated the summer exhibition at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds as an intern, while being introduced to the wide scope of practical and professional skills needed for a career in museums.
With a further academic background in Museum Studies, Cultural Anthropology, History, and Heritage of Indigenous Peoples (in the context of museological and archaeological work), Ella’s focus and passion is on the value of heritage within and beyond museums as an agent of individual, cross-cultural and communal healing and wellbeing.
Te Herekieke Haerehuka Herewini, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Te Herekiekie Herewini is the Head of Repatriation at Te Papa. The Karanga Aotearoa Repatriation Programme was established in 2003 and has the mandate of the New Zealand Government with the national support of Māori and Moriori communities. The underlying philosophy of the programme is to build a bridge to repatriation for all institutions, communities and governments involved.
Te Herekiekie through his maternal whakapapa is directly connected to Kororareka, Russell, and Waitangi through his tūpuna belonging to Ngāpuhi, Ngāi Tawake, Ngāti Kuta, and Ngare Raumati.
Kahutoi Te Kanawa, Te Awamutu Museum
Artist, Raranga Expert, Waikato PhD student.
Rangi Te Kanawa, Te Awamutu Museum
Haylee Alderson, Te Awamutu Museum
Collections Manager, Journeys Project Team.
Nalani Wilson-Hokowhitu, Te Kotahi Research Institute @ Waikato University
Dr Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu (Kanaka Maoli) is a global citizen, scholar, artist, and mother. Her work focuses on raising global awareness about critical, innovative and transformative Indigenous epistemologies and the growing voices of Kanaka Maoli/‘Ōiwi working in academia and the broader community to aloha ‘āina, moana, and mālama Honua - to protect and care for our islands, oceans, and Earth.
Nālani is presently working as a research fellow at Te Kotahi Research Institute, University of Waikato and as a curator with Te Whare Taonga o Waikato for the exhibition E Hina e! E Hine e!
Maree Mills, Waikato Museum
Maree Mills joined Waikato Museum in 2017 as Curator Tangata Whenua, from a strategic role developing Auckland region’s first Arts and Culture Strategy. Working previously in the GLAM sector as Director of Hastings City Art Gallery in Hawke’s Bay, Maree also lectured at the University of Waikato in media studies.
Maree’s own art practice explored communication of ethereal and cosmological concepts inherent in a Māori world-view, from a female perspective. She continues academic relationships through curatorial practice, guest lecturing, degree development and assessment, at various universities. She descends from Māori (Ngāti Tūwharetoa), the Wrights of South Shields, England and Clan Gunn of the Scottish highlands.
Mike Spedding, Wairoa Museum
Mike has worked in the heritage and museum sector for over 25 years – as a curator, writer, educator and museum director. He was the Director of the Tairāwhiti Museum for eight years. Since 2005 he has worked as a heritage consultant managing heritage sites, writing, developing courses and teaching heritage and museum studies, as well as designing heritage education resources.
Mike was a Board and Maori Heritage Council member of Heritage New Zealand and is currently Director of the Wairoa Museum, while still teaching and writing.
Nigel How, Wairoa Museum
Of Ngāti Kahungunu iwi, Nigel was born and raised in Wairoa where his whānau have lived continuously for centuries. His education was a blend of both traditional and formal systems.
He has been part-time curator at Wairoa Museum for 12 years and serves on many community organisations both paid and voluntary.
Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh, Govett-Brewster
Co-directors of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, Taranaki. Formerly co-executive directors of the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Brisbane, Australia, and formerly co-directors of the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Londonderry/Derry, Northern Ireland.
Aileen Burns holds an MA in Modern Art from Columbia University, New York, and a BA with Honours in Art History and Cinema from the University of Toronto, Canada. Johan Lundh holds an MA and BA from Konstfack University, Stockholm, Sweden. Together, Aileen and Johan have written extensively, curated and produced exhibitions, artist projects and programmes globally.
Anne Blyth, Te Awamutu Museum
Anne has worked in management roles within the museum and heritage sector in New Zealand for over 13 years and is currently the Director of Museums and Heritage for the Waipā District Council, with responsibility for the Te Awamutu Museum. Anne attended the 2019 Oxford Cultural Leaders Programme, a residential executive leadership programme designed for dynamic and reflective leaders who want to challenge and redefine their identity as a leader and their vision for their organisation at a time of great challenge and complexity for the sector.
Anne played a key role in a two year project launched in December 2019 - Te Ara Wai Journeys, which includes a mobile website designed to enrich visitors experience at heritage locations in the Waipā District, sharing the stories that encompass the region’s geological beginnings; its mix of peoples, their struggles, innovation and resilience; and the battles for land and sovereignty during the New Zealand Land Wars. She is also currently playing a key role in developing Te Ara Wai, the new combined museum and Land Wars facility proposed for Te Awamutu.
Pam Streeter, Te Papa
Deane Thomas, Ministry of Education
Dean is a long time educator with a passion for everything that accelerates learners’ understanding of who they are, where they come from and what their heritage is. E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea (I will not be lost, I am a seed descended from Rangiātea) is a whakataukī that aligns Aotearoa / New Zealand histories to each and every learner’s journey through life.
Currently leading this project for Te Matauranga o Aotearoa at the at the Ministry of Education, Deane is excited to be sharing this journey with you.
Kerry Leaf, Waitangi
He uri ahau nō Ngāpuhi me Ngāti Hāmoa. He kaiwhakaako ahau mō te hōtaka ō Raranga Matihiko ki Waitangi. I am a primary-trained teacher with a passion for digital technologies and I have been in my element co-facilitating the digital education programme at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds since it started in April 2018.
Monika Kern, Waitangi
An experienced teacher and PLD facilitator, Monika is the Education Manager for the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Her team is responsible for delivering education programmes to school-aged students as well as an increasing number of professionals -- both through face-to-face sessions and online. As one of the Raranga Matihiko facilitators she works with kura and schools from around Northland.
Kristina Lane, Waitangi
Digital Educator for Raranga Matihiko Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Kristina is a trained teacher who has worked in the primary school setting for many years. Kristina has also worked in the web and graphic design industry and combines those passions in her role as a digital educator at Waitangi.
Kimberley Stephenson, Southland Museum and Art Gallery
Since 2011 Kimberley has worked on numerous large-scale relocation projects in New Zealand museums and galleries, including the packing and rehousing of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui collection in 2014. For the past three years Kimberley has been based at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery Niho o te Taniwha in Waihopai where she leads the Collections team.
She is a current member of the Australasian Registrars Committee Council and the New Zealand Repatriation Research Network.
David Butts, Independent
David Butts was a curator at Manawatū Museum (1979-81) and Hawke's Bay Art Gallery and Museum (1982-86), Advisory Officer, Cultural Conservation Advisory Council, Department of Internal Affairs (1987-88), Programme Director, Museum Studies, Massey University (1989-2008), Director, Tairāwhiti Museum (2008-12) and Manager, Heritage Operations, Ministry for Culture and Heritage (2012-17).
His interests include museums and indigenous peoples, the history and contemporary development of regional museums and the role of government in the museum and heritage sector. David is retired and living in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa.
Makere Rika-Heke, Heritage New Zealand