In five words, describe your place in the sector.
Learning to be the learned.
What first drew you to the sector i.e. Do you have a particular memory of a moment that got you hooked?
I am passionate about history. I appreciate the content and stories that the sector puts out for public consumption; I know it’s a cliché but knowledge is power and I draw so much strength and inspiration from stories of the past. I value that we have physical and digital spaces dedicated to indigenous, historical knowledge that are orientated towards providing access and encouraging engagement with this knowledge. So I guess to answer the question, I’m hooked on Pacific history and value the sector as a space where that is privileged.
What challenges have you faced in your career so far?
I feel like I am still navigating the GLAM sector in general. Specifically though, I work in a large institution with lots of moving parts. This means a lot of processes, people and policies to consider when working on a project.
Has anything or anyone in particular provided you with support?
I am fortunate to work in the NZPH (NZ Pacific History) Team at Te Papa. It’s a very supportive environment and as a newbie they never make me feel bad for asking a million questions.
I am also very appreciative of my background in Pacific Studies at VUW. This interdisciplinary programme taught me skills that not only apply well to my job as a Curator, but gave me a whole new lens on life - one that is attentive, questioning and critical.
What do you think people at your own level (emerging etc) bring to the sector?
Inquisitiveness. Energy. Enthusiasm.
What is a positive change you would like to see in the sector?
Better representation of minority groups across staff and management.
What is your karaoke song?
Out of Reach by Vanessa Amarosi or when feeling courageous Torn by Natalie Imbrugliua (An epic failure at singing Alicia Key’s Un-thinkable one night taught me to not be botz again and stick to my range).
Ed: On that note, hit it Alicia!