Tony Rasmussen


I am a graduate in history from Massey University, Palmerston North. My first graduate role was researching Maori Anglican clergy for the Religion and Church People Working Party of the DNZB.

In 1992 I joined the Manawatu Museum Te Whare Pupuri Taonga o Manawatu as Research Assistant, developing content for permanent exhibitions of the institution’s new facility (now Te Manawa). Between 2001-2019, I worked in mostly curatorial roles, developing exhibitions and collecting for the museum’s social history holdings. Not surprisingly, my research interests reflect my curatorial practice: this includes local history, community organizations, businesses, churches, and religious communities. I currently serve on Te Manawa’s Museum Society committee and the Editorial Committee of the Manawatu Journal of History.

I am available to discuss any work that involves historical research (including photographic research), assessment of historical collections, liaison with museums, community groups and heritage organizations, editing and writing. A copy of my CV together with a list of relevant publications can be sent on request.


  • Curatorial advice
  • Editing
  • Exhibition preparation
  • Oral history
  • Research
  • Writing


  • Local
  • Material culture
  • Museums