From 2006 to 2015, Natasha McKinney was the curator Oceania Pacific Collections at the British Museum, and her special interest lies with Polynesia. Her projects at the British Museum included an examination of the way in which cultural meaning can be sustained in the museum context, with a focus on tāonga (cultural treasures) from the museum’s Māori collections. She worked primarily on collections documentation.
McKinney was trained in anthropology and museum studies and her previous work has included teaching and museum education. She also worked as a tutor in New Zealand and Global History at the University of Otago, NZ. She was a guest speaker for the debate Indigenous Art Now! on 28 June 2011, organised in collaboration with the Australian art magazine Artlink, the October Gallery in London, and Framer Framed in Amsterdam.