Dr Gerard O’Regan

Dr Gerard O’Regan (Ngāi Tahu) has worked in New Zealand heritage management for 30 years. He has cared for Māori collections at the National Museum, provided regional services to community museums and art galleries in the lower South Island, researched bicultural developments in museums, and was a member of the Māori Heritage Council of NZ Historic Places.

Gerard was the first Heritage Manager in Ngāi Tahu’s post-Treaty claim administration and has been involved managing the iwi’s rock art survey project, setting up a Ngāi Tahu rock art trust and leading the initial development of its rock art visitor centre. His MA and PhD at the University of Auckland both explored Māori belief of place through the archaeological context of rock art, and he is currently undertaking a RSNZ Marsden Fast Start project “Initiating a Māori archaeology of threatened North Island rock art”.

He continues this part-time with the JHMRC while having taken up the role of Curator of Māori at Otago Museum, Dunedin.