One of our enthusiastic tours guides, Fin Hay, is on secondment to The Ministry for Culture and Heritage as an educator. Fin is temporarily filling the role of a ministry staff member, who is overseas on holiday and undertaking professional development. As part of his role, he helps students understand the effect of the First World War in shaping New Zealand, and the hardship, heroism and tragedy of the war.
Fin, who has worked at The Great War Exhibition since it opened in April 2015, particularly enjoys tours with school children and youth. “One of my favourite tours was with a group of at-risk high school students from Porirua,” he says. “We had a great tour, and at the end, one of the girls said to me, ‘When I leave school I’m going to study history. You inspired me Sir.’ That made me smile for a long time!”
Fin holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, Political Science and Film and has been working in history-related fields for the last four years at Archives New Zealand and The Great War Exhibition, and now the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. In his spare time, Fin likes great movies, enjoys supporting the Wellington Phoenix and playing Battlefield 1, a World War one video game.