Puawai Cairns

Puawai Cairns (Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pūkenga) is kaihāpai Mātauranga Māori at Te Papa museum. She specialises in contemporary social history research and collecting to reflect the stories of Māori communities. She is currently researching and co-writing a book about the material culture of protest, and the stories of Māori activism reflected through objects.

Dec 19, 2018

Biculturalism in our national museum can't be a one-way conversation

Puawai Cairns, head of mātauranga Māori for Te Papa museum, writes about what biculturalism can and should mean in an institution like a museum.

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Oct 23, 2018

Museums are dangerous places: How Te Papa is challenging colonialist history

How do museums learn to tell the truth about what they hold in order to become 'decolonised archives'?

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