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Puawai Cairns (Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pūkenga) is kaihāpai Mātauranga Māori at Te Papa museum. She specialises in contemporary social history research and collecting to reflect the stories of Māori communities. She is currently researching and co-writing a book about the material culture of protest, and the stories of Māori activism reflected through objects.