Ngarino Ellis (Ng?puhi, Ng?ti Porou) is a lecturer
in the Department of Art History at the University of Auckland, New
Zealand. She is the co-editor with Deidre Brown of Te Puna:
M?ori Art from Northland (Reed, 2007), as well as the author
of a number of scholarly articles. Her prime research focus is
Maori art history, and she has also lectured on art crime,
including theft, illicit antiquities, looting, forgery and
vandalism. In 2012 she was appointed co-ordinator for the Museums
and Cultural Heritage Programme in the Faculty of Arts. Ellis is a
co-investigator (with Jonathan Mane-Wheoki and Deidre Brown) on the
three-year Marsden Fund project `Toi Te Mana: A History of
Indigenous Art in Aotearoa New Zealand'. A Whakapapa of
Tradition is based on her 2012 PhD thesis.
Natalie Robertson (Ng?ti Porou, Clann Dhonnchaidh) is a photographic artist and senior lecturer at AUT University, New Zealand. Robertson has an MFA from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and is enrolled in the PhD programme at Massey University, New Zealand researching photography in Maori contexts. She has exhibited extensively in public institutions throughout New Zealand and internationally.