Introducing our staff

The Museum is staffed by a Manager and a Custodian who will be only too happy to welcome you to the museum and ensure your visit is an enjoyable and rewarding one. Read about our staff below.

Ian Day


Ian has worked in the arts and heritage sector for almost 40 years and holds a Master’s Degree in Museum and Heritage Studies from Victoria University of Wellington. He is an experienced art dealer, curator and Museum Director who has worked in Australian and New Zealand Art Galleries and Museums for over thirty years,. For the past twenty years he has focussed on working alongside rural and regional museums, historical societies and community groups to assist them establishing themselves on a professional footing.

Ian has taught Collections Management, Museum Governance, Community Outreach and working with heritage-listed buildings in a variety of settings, ranging from rural marae to dusty rooms in the Outback, where the first priority was to check for snakes!

Sharon Henderson


Sharon has worked as a Museum Custodian for 14 years. She completed the ATTTO National Certificate in Museum Practice in 2010, and graduated in 2016 from Te Wananga o Aotearoa with a Level 5 Diploma in Māori Art as the Honour student. Sharon has a been a great supporter of the Okains Bay community and has served as the secretary/treasurer of the Okains Bay Reserve Board (which runs the Bay’s popular camping ground) for over 12 years and was Chair of the Okains Bay School Board for five years. Sharon is skilled at catering and prepares the honoured guests lunch on Waitangi Day and for any groups visiting the Museum. She connects with visitors from all over the world and has made invaluable connections with Museum colleagues from around New Zealand through the Kaitiaki network and attending Museums Aotearoa Conferences and workshops. Sharon is now looking forward to further professional development through enrolment in the Service IQ First Line Business Management training programme.

Judy Woodward


Judy Woodward’s parents, William (Bill) and Dawn Woodward, built their Okains Bay holiday bach behind Totara Cottage in 1975.  Judy and husband Wayne relocated to Okains Bay after the February 2011 earthquake as their house in Christchurch had to be rebuilt. Judy has worked in primary, secondary and tertiary environments including teaching employment skills to unemployed youth and computing and ESOL to migrants and refugees. Judy has worked in offices in London and Australia, was secretary of the Canterbury Training Opportunity Providers’ Association and community worker for the ME/CFS Group. Judy enjoys the charm of the Okains Bay beach and valley, and is constantly impressed with the community and surroundings,