Louisa Dassow
History
Hometown
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Favourite object or taonga
My favourite taonga in the museum is life-size model of a shark called Bridget! It shares a name with my mother and is a great sign of the conservation work that the museum is involved in beyond the Domain.
Favourite part or exhibit of the museum
I think Hotonui, the Whare Tipuna at the centre of the museum, is incredible. I love the intricacies of the Whakairo and the stories that emerge. It is a lovely place to spend time.
Fun fact
I used to run dolphin kayaking tours through the surf in Australia, complete with smoko and obligatory Timtam break. It suited me perfectly as I utterly adore cetaceans and chocolate biscuits.