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Foreword 8 Introduction: Day one 14 01. Getting to day one 26 02. A guided tour of the museum 52 03. What the staff intended . . . and what the critics thought 80 04. Biculturalism and beyond 112 05. The museum at work in 2017 142 06. Learning from the first 20 years 174 Appendices: selected highlights 1998-2017 188 Current strategies and values 206 Interviewees 210 Glossary 212 Notes 219 Image credits 247 Acknowledgements 247 Index 248
Conal McCarthy is the director of the Museum and Heritage Studies programme at Victoria University of Wellington. He has degrees in English, Art History, Museum Studies and te reo Maori. He has strong links with museums, art galleries and heritage organisations around New Zealand, and has worked in a variety of professional roles including education and public programmes, interpretation, governance, collections and curatorial work. His academic research interests include museum history, theory and practice, exhibition history, Maori visual culture and contemporary heritage issues. Conal has published widely on the historical and contemporary Maori engagement with museums, including Exhibiting Maori: A history of colonial cultures of display (2007), Museums and Maori: Heritage professionals, indigenous collections, current practice (2011) and Museum practice: The contemporary museum at work (2015) in the series International Handbooks of Museum Studies.