Roger Neich March 20 2014

Born in Petone, Wellington, in February 1944, Dr Roger Neich was a distinguished anthropologist and ethnologist who specialised in Māori and Pacific art. His fieldwork was carried out throughout the Pacific, notably in Papua New Guinea, Samoa and New Zealand.

He was the Ethnologist at the National Museum of New Zealand 1969-1986, then became Curator of Ethnology at Auckland Museum in 1986, a position he held till ill health led to his retirement in 2009. Roger died in 2010.