//087 Puawai Cairns, museum curator

September 28, 2021

NUKU 087 is Puawai Cairns of Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Pūkenga whakapapa, Puawai has held a number of roles across her time at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, including as curator. She is currently Te Papa’s Director of Audience and Insight.

In this episode she talks to us about the power of museums and the importance of telling the right stories. She shares some of her favourite exhibitions and how they have impacted both her, and the community she serves, and, she shares her journey as a single māmā and the realities of co-parenting, today.

More is more, rather than that one voice who has to carry all of our expectations on their shoulders.

Puawai Cairns NUKU blog

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