Linnae Pohatu is the Tumuaki Director Māori and Pacific Development at Tamaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum. She started at Auckland Museum in 2012. Her role is designed to enhance the Museum’s relationship with Māori and Pacific, embed the Museum’s Māori and Pacific strategies across Auckland Museum. Linnae co-leads Auckland Museum’s Human Remains Repatriation Programme.
Her career has been in the New Zealand public sector including as a Parliamentary Officer in NZ’s Parliament, a Policy and Negotiations Analyst at the Office of Treaty Settlements – the NZ government agency responsible for settling historical Treaty of Waitangi claims with Māori tribes on behalf of the Crown, a private secretary to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, a senior manager at Career Services NZ, and a Bicultural Policy Analyst at Te Papa Tongarewa The Museum of New Zealand. Linnae graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) majoring in Māori Studies.
Linnae affiliates to tribes from New Zealand’s East Coast of the North Island and the very south of the South Island. She is also of Irish, English and Shetland Isles descent.