Jeanette Wikaira

Jeanette Wikaira

Ko Hauturu te maunga
Ko Manaia te whenua
Ko te Awa Awa of Manaia te wai
Ko te Kou o Rehua te tipuna
Ko Te Tawera te hapū
Ko Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Tamatera me Ngāpuhi ōku iwi.
Ko Jeanette Wikaira tōku ingoa.
Tēnā koutou kātoa.

Jeanette is doctoral student with Te Koronga a Graduate Research Excellence Group and Te Tumu: School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies at the University of Otago. She has worked in a wide range of roles within the cultural heritage and education sectors and has held university teaching and professional roles both in New Zealand and Japan. Jeanette has extensive archival research and curatorial experience in the cultural heritage sector and has over 20 years’ experience in project management and strategic development.

Jeanette currently holds board positions as the Chair of the Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust; member of Dunedin City Council’s Creative Dunedin Board; member of Te Rōpū Whakahau – National body for Māori engaged in Libraries, Culture and Knowledge; steering group member of Te Koronga – Indigenous Science Research Theme at the Unviersity of Otago and steering group member of Poutama Ara Rau – a research theme at the University of Otago that investigates how mātauranga Māori and Māori pedagogies transform tertiary teaching and learning.

Jeanette is currently a Research Fellow across two research projects based at the University of Otago. She is Ngā Pae o Te Mārmatanga Research Fellow working with Professor Jacinta Ruru on Te Takarangi – a celebration of 150 Māori publications. Jeanette is also Research Fellow working with Dr Catherine Smith on the Royal Society – Te Aparangi Marsden funded research project that is revitalising cultural knowledge through an investigation of the Māori voyaging sail, Te Rā.

Jeanette’s doctoral research aims to explore the potency of taonga held in collecting institutions, the connection between taonga and Māori wellbeing and the need for decolonised thinking and imagining within the collecting institutions of Aotearoa and overseas. Jeanette’s research will use a single case study to explore these notions by undertaking an in-depth examination of the only known surviving customary Māori sail, Te Rā, likely collected by Cook (c.1768–1779) and held in closed storage at the British Museum, London.

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