Staff profile: Dion Peita

Position title:
Collections Coordinator
Section:
Anthropology Research
Phone:
+612 9320 6410
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Warm Pacific greetings! 

I am a direct descendant of the Tainui and Te Rarawa tribal confederations in Aotearoa - New Zealand. Over the past ten years I have experienced Museum life in a variety of roles; from educator, customer service, cultural adviser, exhibition installer, collection manager to Collections Coordinator - International here at the Australian Musuem.

I have spent the greater part of my working career at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. The Museum is renowned for its bicultural policy which integrates indigenous practices into modern day Museum practice.

Trained as a Collection Manager working with Oceanic material culture I have developed my skills to ensure the utmost care and professionalism is afforded the collections and their respective communities. Areas of interest are:

  • Maori Indigenous musical instrument production and composition
  • Oceanic sea voyaging and indigneous ocean navigation practices
  • Customary concepts of the Maori
  • Oceanic weaving
  • Maori adze technology
  • Oceanic performing arts both traditional and contemporary
  • Mau taiaha - practitioner of traditional Maori weaponry and related customs 
  • Oceanic weapon production and meaning 
  • Oceanic diaspora interactions in Australia
  • Collection management practice and innovation
  • Digital story telling

Professional Memberships

PIMA Member (Pacific Island Museums Association)

PAA Member (Pacific Arts Association)

NSW Council for Pacific Communities Member

Nga Uri o Rahiri Member and decendant

 

Research Projects