Matariki Williams (Tūhoe, Ngāti Whakaue, Taranaki, Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Hauiti, Te Ati Hau) is our New Zealand contributor.
Matariki graduated with her Masters in Museums and Heritage Studies in 2015 with a dissertation examining the concept of Mana Taonga (a Māori customary concept that echoes many material culture studies ideas) at the national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa. Prior to her Masters, Matariki gained a Bachelor of Arts in History and Māori Studies. During her Masters, Matariki undertook a placement with the Mātauranga Māori curatorial team at Te Papa wherein she wrote blog posts about the Kahu Ora: Living Cloaks exhibition for the museum’s blog and conducted image research and interviews for the touring exhibition Pounamu.
She has worked previously at independent Māori (Huia Publishers) and New Zealand history (Bridget Williams Books) publishing houses as well as at the national museum Te Papa and regional museum, Museum of Wellington, City and Sea. She currently works at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
Matariki’s interest in fashion material culture is an extension of her appreciation for the ways in which people use clothing convey ideas about self and society. Her own research interests explore these ideas including the intersections of culture and the intergenerational passing of knowledge through the Māori concept of whakapapa.
Matariki also co-edits the website Tusk – Emergent Culture which aims to provide a platform for emerging professionals in the museum, gallery and wider creative sector in New Zealand.