Meet our Team » Staff - Kaimahi




Frank Stark

Frank Stark

Director

Responsible for strategic direction and leadership, relationships with stakeholders particularly the Joint Council and Whanganui District Council, securing funding and managing contracts, annual and strategic planning, developing and monitoring financial and business management plans, overseeing the management of all Museum programmes and leading major development projects.


Margie Beautrais

Margie Beautrais

Educator, Team Leader Education and Life-Long Learning

Employed under a Learning Experiences outside the Classroom (LEOTC) contract with the Ministry of Education. Responsible for developing and delivering innovative and exciting education services to primary and secondary schools in greater Whanganui, South Taranaki and Rangitīkei.


Sandi Black

Sandi Black

Archivist

Responsible for the development, cataloguing, research and physical care and housing of the archives. Manages archives reference and advice services and is involved in specific archives projects, such as oral history development and exhibition projects.


Mike Dickison

Mike Dickison

Curator of Natural History

Responsible for development and interpretation of the Museum’s plant, animal, and geology collections, and coordinating natural history exibitions, particularly of the world-class moa bone collection. Research interests are avian osteology and evolution. Also contributes to Museum social media initiatives.


Pat Goldfinch

Pat Goldfinch

Administration Officer

Manages the Museum financial and administrative systems. Also responsible for Front of House services and retail.

 


 


Kathy Greensides

Kathy Greensides

Collection Assistant / Photographer

Responsible for technical aspects of collection care, including photography, environmental monitoring, collection database additions and helping with exhibitions and events.
 


Dale Hudson

Dale Hudson

Exhibitions Officer

Responsible for the design, construction and installation of exhibitions plus the design and production of graphics and publications. Also manages the internal maintenance of the building and public spaces.
 


Anne Lovell

Anne Lovell

Visitor Services Assistant

Front of House services and Museum Shop and Gallery retail development. Contributes to general reception, care of visitors in the Museum, sales and administrative services.
 


Trish Nugent-Lyne

Trish Nugent-Lyne

Collection Manager

Responsible for ensuring that all objects coming into the collection are processed within our policy and legal guidelines, responsible for the physical care of the collection (storage, housing, environmental control, handling). Manages all loans in and out of the Museum and manages the maintenance of the electronic collection management database.


Libby Sharpe

Libby Sharpe

Senior Curator

Responsible for developing and managing the exhibition programme plus managing the research, writing and community liaison required for each exhibition project. Also leads the policy and operations development and is the Museum’s editor.


Kathryn Stevenson

Kathryn Stevenson

Administrator

Leads the administration team and operation of Front of House services. Executive Secretary to the Director.

 


Āwhina Twomey

Āwhina Twomey

Kaitiaki Taonga Māori

Responsible for tangible and intangible taonga Māori. Supporting the Museum’s bicultural structure. Maintaining iwi, hapū, hāpori, whānau and Māori relationships.


Kaiwhakaako Māori

Responsible for developing and delivering inspiring, enjoyable and memorable Māori content services in Māori and/or English for primary and secondary schools. Employed under a Learning Experiences Outside The Classroom (LEOTC) contract with the Ministry of Education.


FEATURED PHOTO

One of the more unusual ways of crossing the Whanganui River was undertaken by the aerialist Senor Vertelli. In October 1867 he walked the 300 metres across the river on a tight-rope. On his return crossing, he pushed a wheelbarrow. Vertelli did offer to push a volunteer from the audience in the wheelbarrow, but no one took him up on his offer.