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Jamie Metzger

PhD Candidate
Tel: (+64) 3 479 5230

Jamie Metzger (160)Jamie is a PhD student at the Centre for Sustainability. She is a graduate in Art History and Design Studies and holds a Masters Degree in Applied Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies. For the past 5 years Jamie has worked at Otago Museum in roles encompassing collection management and curation. She has been involved in curating a number of exhibitions, including Current which examined the relationship between inspiration and museum collections. Jamie has a current research interest in the unique needs of textiles in a museum environment and Ngāi Tahu material culture. Her broader interests include in the visual arts, fashion and interior design. Jamie grew up in Dunedin and is of German and Kāi Tahu descent.


The belief that material objects possess a ‘life force’ is expressed by the Māori term, mauri. Jamie's 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.

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

Significant Publications

Metzger, J. A. (2014). The Eden Hore Collection: Exploring scenarios for re-display (Thesis, Master of Applied Science). University of Otago.