Victoria Leachman

Committee Member

I am employed as the Rights Manager at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa) and I live in Wellington. I want all New Zealanders to be knowledgeable about Creative Commons licensing. I want all New Zealanders to be confident in both applying Creative Commons copyright licenses to their own works and confident in using Creative Commons licensed works and understanding the terms of the licensing.

I respect the rights of copyright holders to waive or licence their copyright and associated rights as they see fit. I have contributed my own creative work to the digital Commons using open licensing in platforms such as Flickr and Wikidata, Wikimedia, and Wikipedia. I support making openly licensed works more findable through my volunteer work with crowdsourcing projects such as Biodiversity Heritage Library Flickr project.

I am a strong supporter of the New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing Framework and the NZ Government’s Open Data programme of work. I  am experienced in governance having been a member of the Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand Advisory Panel and having served terms as a board member and vice-chair of the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Society. The strategic priorities of Tohatoha resonate with me and I have a particular focus on education of creators and users, advocacy of open access, and copyright reform.