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Museums and mauri: Applying Māori concepts to the care and protection of Kāi Tahu textiles within museums


PhD candidate 

Jamie Metzger


Supervisors

  • Prof. Merata Kawharu (Centre for Sustainability, Te Tumu: School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies)
  • Prof. Poia Rewi (Te Tumu: School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies)
  • Prof. Paul Tapsell (External)

Project dates
2018-2021

Abstract


The belief that material objects possess a ‘life force’ is expressed by the Māori term, mauri. This doctoral project aims to investigate people’s views of the Māori value mauri, both within Māori communities and within museum institutions. The research will be guided by Kaupapa Māori methods to create recommendations for the expansion of collection care to better accommodate cultural concepts.