Promoting Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Tourism Development

Research project details 

This project will investigate the potential for the promotion of cultural heritage for sustainable tourism development within the Pacific, highlighting both the current opportunities and difficulties. Two case studies will be investigated: Samoa and Madang.

The objectives of the research are to:

  1. Identify the opportunities and difficulties of using cultural heritage within the Pacific for sustainable tourism development
  2. Increase in-country awareness of sustainable cultural heritage tourism opportunities
  3. Identify workable synergies between cultural and educational institutions, government authorities, local communities and tourism infrastructure

Project Team

Dr Anne Ford is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Otago. She specialises in the prehistory of Papua New Guinea, and over the last 10 years has completed archaeological fieldwork in several provinces including Central, Oro, New Ireland and Milne Bay. She currently holds a Marsden Fast Start for archaeological fieldwork on Fergusson Island in Milne Bay Province. Anne also has extensive experience working in cultural heritage management in Australia and New Zealand, both in the private sector as a consultant, and in government as a Heritage Protection Officer for Aboriginal Affairs Victoria.

Professor Glenn R Summerhayes OL FSA FLS FRAI
In January 2005 Professor Glenn R. Summerhayes took up the position of Professor of Anthropology and Head of Department at Otago University, having previously been Head of Archaeology and Natural History at the Research School of Pacific and Asian studies at the ANU. He has over 35 years research experience working in Papua New Guinea, focusing on all aspects of its archaeology from first colonisation, Holocene adaptation, the Lapita phenomenon and the development of societies seen at contact. Summerhayes believes strongly in getting the results of his research back to the community, and in developing cultural heritage management practices in the western Pacific. He is affiliated with both the University of Papua New Guinea and the National Museum and Art Gallery of PNG. In 2014 he was awarded a New Year Honour by Queen Elizabeth II of PNG becoming an Officer of the Order of Logohu (OL) for his contribution to Archaeology in Papua New Guinea. ​

Nyssa Mildwaters is the Conservation Manager at Otago Museum. She earned an MA in the Principles of Conservation and an MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums from University College London. Prior to her current role she worked at the Royal Armouries as a Conservator and then Interim Conservation Manager and at York Archaeological Trust as an Archaeological Conservator. She interned at the Catalhoyuk excavations in Turkey, and the Wiltshire Conservation and Museum Service. She has taught conservation courses for Heritage Without Boarders and West Dean College. She an accredited (ACR) member of ICON (Institute of Conservation, UK) with a specialisation in objects conservation and is currently vice-president of NZCCM (New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials).

Dr Anna Carr is a senior lecturer in the Department of Tourism at the University of Otago and Co-Director of the Centre for Recreation Research. She teaches courses on cultural and heritage tourism and ecotourism. Her research interests include Community based tourism development and Ecotourism in protected natural areas; Visitor interpretation; Cultural landscapes. Anna has published and consulted widely on cultural tourism with particular emphasis on indigenous peoples’ perspectives and involvement in protected area management. She also participates actively in conservation and tourism in New Zealand, currently sitting on the Otago Conservation Board, and from 2007-11 was a Board member on Te Ana Whakairo / Ngai Tahu Māori Rock Art Centre Trust.