My somewhat varied career began many years ago at the National Lending Library for Science and Technology in the UK, where I worked for a time as a qualified librarian. That was followed by a couple of years in the Pacific as a British volunteer (VSO). It was there that I met my first husband, who happened to be a New Zealander, and the rest, as they say, is history - in my case, fairly literally so! Further study at Massey led to an MA(Hons) in History and I found employment at the Crown Forestry Rental Trust as a Research Assistant. From there I moved to the Waitangi Tribunal where I remained for over 10 years, working first as a researcher and then as a report writer. I still maintain a link with the Tribunal and its work but now operate on a free-lance basis.
My experience of living in a number of different countries has translated into an ongoing fascination with the interface between cultures - be it French migrant communities living in London in the Early Modern period (my early interest) or MÄori and PÄkehÄ interactions in New Zealand. Work opportunities in Wellington as well as a growing interest in MÄori history have led me to focus on the latter in recent times.
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The research I have done at the Tribunal has been issued in unpublished evidential reports, for specific Tribunal inquiries. My more recent work has contributed to published reports that are issued as the findings of the Tribunal panel concerned.
Prior to becoming involved in Treaty work, I researched and wrote on Huguenot issues including: