Meet Emma – Guide Host
What attracted you to working at the Navy Museum?
My interest in military history was sparked firstly by my Grandfather’s involvement with the Air force’ Spitfires during WW2, and then as an 11 year old, a visit to the Tudor warship, Mary Rose in Portsmouth, UK further cemented by fascination.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The role is just so varied. One day I might be submerged in Te Reo Māori language lessons, the next day introducing the new recruits to the history of the New Zealand Navy, followed by chaperoning a group of NZ Veterans through the Museum on a collaborative tour. On the following day I could be accompanying our International colleagues from the Canadian Defence Force through the Museum. No two days are the same.
Name the most unexpected fact you have learnt since taking up your role at the Museum.
That the laying of the Mauri stone in a ship acts as a talisman, symbol of a protector to both the ship and all who sail in her.
Name your favourite object in the Museum and explain why you chose it.
My favourite object is the photo of the gunners on HMNZS Leander during the Battle of Kolombangara in 1943. The triptych installation on the outside of the Navy Museum building is breath taking. I have admired it since its installation in 2019.
What is the most memorable thing you have done since being at the Museum?
Guiding the Admiral of the European Fleet through the Museum!
Name one of the best moments since you joined the Museum.
In August 2019, when I and my Museum colleagues visited the new dive ship HMNZS Manawanui. It was one of my most memorable experiences.
How do you enjoy spending your time outside work?
I enjoy swimming at the naval base pool and gardening.