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With a background in Tertiary Education and Student Wellbeing, Jaime has focussed her efforts at Te Manawa in the development of a transformational visitor engagement framework.
Drawing upon her background in Psychology and Education Pathways, Jaime has a strong foundation in understanding the connection between wellbeing and engagement. During her time at Te Manawa, Jaime developed the Te Rangahau Curiosity Centre and framework.
This framework became the foundation of visitor engagement allowing staff and visitors to explore our taonga and stories in a way which aligns with their own.
Participating in the OFBYFORALL Project, Jaime has been a key staff member involved in the development and implementation of a range of tools and techniques to support our staff and visitors on the journey of wellbeing within the museum.
Te Manawa Museum, a museum working beyond boundaries, is a regional museum in Aotearoa New Zealand. Using a hauora (wellbeing approach), we focus our engagement with visitors on four key pillars. These are taha tinana (physical), taha wairua (spiritual), taha hinengaro (mental), and taha whānau (family). These four components as described by Sir Mason Durie and his work Te Whare Tapa Whā, provide the platform for our work with our communities. A hauora approach shifts the museum experience from being a transactional exchange to a potentially transformational engagement allowing our visitors to see the museum reflect their own values, experiences and stories organically.