Meet The Bushies

Securing a safe forever home for the extensive archive of images from one of New Zealand’s most prolific photojournalists, Peter Bush, was a big mission. However, this was only the first step in the journey to ensure all New Zealanders can access, use and research the more than 300,000 items that Peter Bush created during his lifetime. Our next step is to arrange and describe, rehouse and digitise the Collection. This has necessitated the setting up of a dedicated team, known as “The Bushies”. So, step through and meet the Team!

Evan Greensides

Evan is an Information Management consultant based in Christchurch – Ōtautahi. He has 14 years of professional experience across the Galleries, Libraries, Art, Museum, and Records (GLAMR) sector in both technical and management roles. Evan is working collaboratively with Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science & Heritage as project manager to bring the nationally significant Peter Bush Collection to the public. After hearing a Radio NZ interview with Rachel Bush, Peter’s daughter, Evan reached out to Te Manawa, the ideal home for the Peter Bush Collection. This initiated a collaborative effort and the publication of a feasibility report that got the (rugby) ball rolling on this nationally significant project.

Before undertaking IM consulting, Evan was Senior Archivist and product owner of the Archives Central digital repository, implementing world leading open-source software. Under his guidance, Archives Central was confirmed as one of the first institutions globally to adopt the cutting-edge Records in Context Conceptual Model (RiC-CM) developed by the International Council on Archives (ICA). Evan is also first-past President of Archives and Records Association of New Zealand (ARANZ) and was until recently a Trust Board Member for Te Manawa.

Evan’s family consists of: Jen, his wife and much better half; Ari, his very cheeky 3 year old son; Ruby, the recalcitrant flatmate of a Ginger Cat; and Ellie, the loyal Office Support Golden Retriever. When not working digitally, Evan can be found on one of the many tracks around the Port Hills of Christchurch or on top of the nearest mountain.

Juliet Galuszka

Juliet is a Collection Manager at Te Manawa – a dream position that she started in 2023. It’s her second time at Te Manawa, having worked with the museum from 2017-2019 as an Events Coordinator while studying for a Museum & Heritage Studies diploma at Victoria University of Wellington.

With a background in communications and museums, Juliet always loved the stories that come with the objects in museum collections. She previously worked at Palmerston North City Library as a Communications Advisor and was seconded to the Ian Matheson City Archives and Manawatū Heritage archive, a position she loved. She worked with Council records and community archives, gaining an appreciation for archival systems and learning of the city’s vast history.

Having dabbled in photography in college, Juliet has been enjoying all aspects of Peter’s work. She’s particularly interested in his work documenting royal tours and travels overseas.

A South African ex-pat, Juliet has always avoided rugby and refuses to pick sides! Who knows – she might even come out of this project as a fan. She’s looking forward to working with members of the community to help with their knowledge of the archive’s contents – identifying teams, people and events. She’s a firm believer that history shouldn’t come from one perspective, and that diversity and widely sourced knowledge is best.

Outside of work she’s an amateur food historian with a growing collection of historic New Zealand cookbooks. At home she can often be found baking, knitting or sewing. She and her husband live in Palmerston North with their dog, a goofy and slightly nervous SPCA special named Willow.

Eleyna Rider

Eleyna has been working at Te Manawa as an Archivist since March this year and is honoured to work on the Peter Bush Collection. She loves opening boxes of collection items she hasn’t seen and, so far, has found it interesting to go through Peter Bush’s documents as it makes him seem more human and brings the photographs to life. She is also looking forward to learning more information about the subject matter of the photographs and Peter Bush himself through working closely with rugby museum volunteers. Whilst an amateur to rugby, she admires the masterly aspect of rugby which Peter Bush is known for capturing.

Eleyna recently completed her Master of Museum and Heritage Practice at Victoria University of Wellington. As part of her studies Eleyna had the opportunity to intern at Christchurch Art Gallery where she worked to archive the Edward Percy Sealy (23 August 1839 – 3 October 1903) Collection of over three hundred photographs, albums, letters, and related collection items. In her studies she also worked on a project as an interpreter and image researcher on a taonga Māori display for the Perth Museum in Scotland where she assisted to select digital images and obtain copyright.

Her interest is in museum ethics, particularly around the care of collections and collection access as well as how history is conveyed by people.

With a background in Art History specialising in 19th Century spirit photography and administration in the public and public sector, she volunteered at the Canterbury Centre of Historic Film and Photography in archiving their photographic collection before deciding to make her passion her career.

In her free time Eleyna likes cooking, travelling and being still in nature (stars, rivers and sunsets never grow old!).