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Our New Front-of-House Administrator – Bronwyn Wattrus

Bronwyn WattrusBronwyn Wattrus joined the museum team in July 2017 in the role of Front-of-House Administrator/Kaiwhakahaere o te Aroaro o te Whare.  She 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.  

She holds a Diploma in Arts & Creativity and has held positions including Toy Library Co-ordinator for the Whitby Toy Library, Wellington, committee member and publisher at the Wellington Home Education Network, Business Advisor/Administrator at Metagoo Limited, Bookshop Manager and Foundation Co-ordinator at Cloud 9 Children’s Foundation, a Business Owner/Manager for Docushop in London, and she was a Photolithographer at Republican Press in Durban, South Africa.

Her hobbies include creativity, research, education, psychology, water sports and new learning.  In addition, Bronwyn provides much needed administrative support to the museum team and undertakes research and curatorial duties in her specialist areas.  E:


Unique vision of a Taranaki artist

This inspiring piece of writing comes from Taranaki artist Tim Chadwick and is part of a questionnaire he filled out in 2002 for the Taranaki art book communication project.

Question 5 was: what factors have influenced your decision making in terms of themes, topics, subjects, statements and messages your art communicates? Tim’s response is scanned below.

Tim Chadwick was a visionary, and as a teacher promoted art as a means of transcendence for his students from Hawera and Ingelwood high schools. Tragically Tim was killed in a car accident near Piopio in 2010, and his questionnaire was donated to the Aotea Utanganui archives.