This section tells you about the personnel on the Committee of the Canterbury Disaster Salvage Team. They are professionals from a variety of different fields in the cultural heritage sector including art galleries, museums, libraries, universities and archives in the Canterbury Region. The team began in 1987 and has continued over the years with new team members.


Lynn Campbell

Formerly of Christchurch Art Gallery, is now an independent conservator and consultant who specializes in disaster preparedness.
Lynn has a BA Hons in Fine Art and a Post Graduate Degree in Fine Art Conservation and has worked in the UK, Africa and Antarctica.
Lynn set up the Canterbury Disaster Salvage Team in 1987 after attending a disturbing amount of fires in cultural institutions around the South Island of New Zealand.


Rose O’Neil

Rose is an information specialist at Christchurch City Libraries. She is part of the Aotearoa New Zealand team based at the Central City Library and has special responsibility of the archives collection. Rose is a long standing member of the Canterbury Disaster Salvage Team and has participated with other team members in the numerous workshops conducted by the Team.

Jo Condon

Joanna Condon

Manager of the Macmillan Brown Library that looks after all the heritage collections belonging to the University of Canterbury. Before this Jo was Special Collections Librarianat the university. Having also worked as the Southern Regional Manager of New Zealand Micrographic Services and Information Manager/Curator of Manuscripts at Canterbury Museum has given Jo an extensive knowledge in the care of heritage library collections. Jo is now chief archivist at National Archives Chch.

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Lydia Baxendell

Art Collections Curator for University of Canterbury. Lydia has an MA in Art History (Otago) and has worked in a variety of art and curatorial roles throughout New Zealand. She joined the CDST in 2013.


Julie Humby

Julie is the Curator of the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology Artwork Collection, and also works in the CPIT Library. She has a Bachelor of Design in Visual Arts from CPIT and is working towards her Diploma in Tertiary Learning and Teaching. Julie is an exhibiting artist, producing prints and sculpture, and is currently working predominantly in cast glass.


Te Awhina Rangimarie Arahange

Te Awhina is a Museum consultant specialising in exhibition design and curation, writer and researcher, te ao maori and iwi liaison, social and cultural historian. Achieved service IQ 2016 New Zealand Museum Award for Best Project for Kaiapoi Museum. Has a respect and fondness for quake wax and Perspex rods that helped protect Kaikoura Museum from dishevelment in the 7.8 earthquake November 2016.

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Kristen Ramsdale

Kristen Ramsdale trained in conservation and collections management and has worked at Canterbury Museum for many years in various collections care roles. She is currently Collections Inventory Project Manager.