Between 2010-2014 I had the opportunity to undertake a PhD through the University of Tsukuba World Heritage Department. I studied Japanese timber historic structures, how construction techniques support full dismantlement and repair alongside traditional techniques. Material authenticity and intangible skills pertaining to building and associated discourse was a focus of the study. I have since become involved with the ICOMOS International Wood Committee, as Secretary General. This role provides knowledge transfer and understanding of theories surrounding heritage conservation methods and processes.
My artefact is Pounamu (greenstone), it was given to my father during a hunting trip on the West Coast of New Zealand, it is my Taonga.