South Taranaki District Museum Trust (STDMT)
The South Taranaki District Museum Trust is made up of local volunteers; the Trust owns and maintains the Museum building and its collections, and assists with matters of governance. They offer their time and experience to ensure that South Taranaki is provided with a facility to properly house, care for and present our district’s history.
Trust members are:
- Rosanne Oakes (Chairperson)
- Marie Mackay (Secretary)
- Michelle Dwyer (Treasurer)
- Dave Crompton
- Narlene Ioane
- Barrie Marsh
- Andrew Ritson
- Gloria Tui
Cath Sheard, Tumuaki/Libraries and Cultural Services Manager. Cath is passionate about the local community and sees the Museum as presenting incredible opportunities to build relationships with people.
Cameron S. Curd, Kaitiaki Pukapuka Rohe/District Archivist, is responsible for the day-to-day management of the archives that include multimedia/film/publications and general archives material. He is also responsible for curating exhibitions, managing the exhibition schedule and team supervision. Cameron took a year’s leave in late August 2013 to embark on a year of study after winning one of eleven places from numerous applicants worldwide to attend the Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York State. The museum leads the world in film preservation and photographic conservation, training only 11 national and international archivists and conservators annually at the Selznick School.
Luana Paamu, Kaitiaki Taonga/Collections Assistant, is responsible for the care of the taonga housed within the Museum. Luana has strong ties in the local community and is deeply committed to the care and preservation of the objects housed within the Museum, and to telling local stories. Luana recently completed the National Certificate in Museum Practice, Level 4.
Te Hapimana King, Pouako Whare Taonga/Education and Activities Officer, provides a range of educational opportunities for schools within the wider district, and public event programmes focusing on current exhibitions. Te Hapimana has a passion about sharing his knowledge with our youth.
Bronwyn Wattrus, Kaiwhakahaere o te Aroaro o te Whare/Front of House Administrator, provides a friendly welcome to visitors to the Museum as well as offering an efficient research service for the many and varied enquiries the Museum receives. In addition, Bronwyn provides much needed administrative support to the museum team. E: Bronwyn.Wattrus@STDC.govt.nz
The Museum team are employed by the South Taranaki District Council, who operate the Museum in partnership with the South Taranaki District Museum Trust.