KEYNOTE Neil Harraway
We are very pleased to have multi-award winning interpreter Neil Harraway open our 2018 conference. Starting as a print journalist, Neil spent 40 years in television and documentary making with NHNZ among other companies before turning his hand to tourism. Today Neil runs Dunedin’s iconic tour company Monarch Wildlife Cruises, and supervises film-making students in the University of Otago’s Science Communication school.
Brendan is involved in habitat and fisheries restoration within the ancestral landscape of Kāti Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki. This setting encompasses the Waikouaiti River, the Araiteuru coastline and occupation areas of some of the first human inhabitants of New Zealand’s South Island. Brendan will discuss how he is using canoes and cultural narratives to inspire connections with the environment, and gain cultural knowledge through active participation.
Wiebke Finkler has a background in Marine Biology, Film-making and Science Communication. She is interested in how marketing communication can be used in wildlife tourism and interpretation. Drawing on documentary film-making, TV commercials and viral videos she has developed a video format for use in a variety of education and interpretation settings. Wiebke will describe how combining video based storytelling with social communication approaches can promote sustainable management and increase public awareness.
Rachel identifies very strongly with her Kāi Tahu whakapapa. She brings her background and experience as an archaeologist and many years of working for and with Māori communities to her role as Otago Museum’s Curator Māori. Rachel will present alongside Sam Botting.
Sam manages the new Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre and finds ways to engage visitors in science through exploration and y showcasing science in action through our everyday lives. Sam will co-present with Rachel Wesley.
In December 2017 the Otago Museum opened Tūhura, presenting a traditional Māori cosmological framework alongside contemporary scientific knowledge. Rachel Wesley and Sam Botting will outline the challenges encountered during planning, build and operation of the new centre.
Lynda heads the Visitor Experience Team Christchurch City Parks, which connects to visitors and community members through social media, web, site interpretation and public programmes. Learn how to apply interpretive techniques and have a go at creating social media content that drives greater engagement.
Michael has worked in the museum profession and in tertiary design education for 30 years as a curator, designer, lecturer and design historian. He works mainly in the social history field and has developed exhibitions on music, architecture, technology and design for museums and a range of clients. His recent projects include Things Change: Martin Phillipps and the Chills with Craig Scott of Otago Museum and We Drove Here, a social history of motoring in Otago with Mark Sharma. He is co-director of the design business Museograph.
Nancy is Professor of Science Communication at the University of Otago. For over 15 years she has developed and delivered training and education about science communication and interpretation. Nancy has shared basic principles of thematic interpretation with university students, school students and teachers and volunteer guides. Having curated exhibitions that have been seen by tens of thousands of visitors, this is your chance to join her to discuss evaluation techniques to assess the success of your interpretation and how to make your next effort even better.