In five words, describe your place in the sector.
Emerged, but still freshly hatched…
What first drew you to the sector i.e. Do you have a particular memory of a moment that got you hooked?
I’ve always had a passion for history, and as a baby arts-graduate with archaeology experience, I stumbled my way into a museum job. I loved almost everything about it – I even fell in love with Vernon!
What challenges have you faced in your career so far?
Being confrontational is very hard for me – I’m a bit of an introverted head-in-the-sand-ostrich, and I will actively go out of my way to avoid an argument. But I’ve worked in museums where I’ve had to explain to volunteers why replacing original parts on an object with replicas (and not documenting it!) was something they shouldn’t do. I’ve also had to have conversations with film crews about why eating sweet, juicy pineapples next to collection objects was not allowed. So I’ve had to learn to stand up for myself, for museum ethics, and most importantly for the collection objects in my care.
Has anything or anyone in particular provided you with support?
My first manager, Samantha Cortez, taught me pretty much all that I know about conflict resolution. She also showed me that museum work can sometimes be like the lyrics from ‘The Gambler’…
What do you think people at your own level (emerging etc.) bring to the sector?
Bravery. We’re willing to try new ideas, and I think that because we’ve got more to prove, we’re less afraid to fail.
What is a positive change you would like to see in the sector?
I want to see it easier for Pasifika and Maori students to make their way into the GLAM world. I am always so inspired after hanging out with the Urbanlife participants (an Auckland Museum summer youth program) , and I’d love to see what they could bring to the sector.
What is your karaoke song?
‘Tribute’ by Tenacious D, and yes - I do sing the guitar solo J