Paul Tapsell

Te Arawa, Tainui

‘Paul Tapsell is Te Arawa and Tainui descent. He holds a masters degree in anthropology from Auckland University and a doctorate in museum ethnography from Oxford University. He is now Director Māori of the Auckland War Memorial Museum and an adjunct lecturer at Auckland University.’

Biographical sources



  • Pukaki: A Comet Returns. Birkenhead, Auckland, N.Z.: Reed, 2000.
  • Other

  • "Museum To Act As A Bridge For Urban; Museum To Act As A Bridge For Urban Rangatahi Says New Director Of Māori." Kokiri Potae Dec. 2000. 6-7.
  • Māori Treasures of New Zealand: Ko Tawa – Matariki Calendar. David Bateman, 2005.
  • Written by P. Tapsell. Photographs by Krzysztof Pfeiffer.


  • "Kaumātua the reason Pukaki came Home." Kokiri Potae Dec. 2000: 6.
  • Reviews

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  • Wang, Gilbert. "Paul Tapsell: A Pukaki - A Comet Returns."