Gavin Reedy

Gavin's diary March 2010 

He mihi mahana ki a koutou nga pou o ngaa rohe puta noa i Aotearoa.

Iwi continue to show a keen interest in the programmes and assistance that National Services Te Paerangi (NSTP) offers. Last year, we held 10 workshops in partnership with iwi in interesting places such as Kaitaia, Taupo, Napier, Masterton, and Whangarei. They were attended by over 200 whānau, hapū, and iwi representatives.

The current hot topics are digital photography and paper conservation. These workshops were specially requested by iwi who had lost whare puni/whare nui to fire. When a marae is destroyed, often there are no records of the photos and taonga within. This workshop focuses on caring for paper–based taonga such as whakapapa manuscripts, paipera tapu (bibles), photographs, and diaries. 

A busy workshop with Vicki-Ann Heikell in Kaitaia, organised in conjunction with Te Rarawa iwiRangi Te Kanawa tutoring a workshop at Waipoua     

Te Papa photographers Michael Hall, Norman Heke, and Kate Whitley are the pool of tutors for the digital photography workshop, and conservator Vicki-Anne Heikell tutors the paper conservation component. This workshop is a practical hands-on teaching tool to empower iwi who want to care for their own taonga, and give an insight into the future development of heritage strategies that support the ongoing care of such taonga.

Taonga conservation workshops are also very popular and last year we ran a series of three taught by Rangi Te Kanawa. Rangi assesses the taonga that people have brought to the workshop, and chooses several that she can use to demonstrate to the roopu/group the correct methods of packing, wrapping, and the construction of storage containers. This is a two-day intensive workshop that looks after the treasures of the past and prepares them for many more generations to enjoy.

Kristelle Plimmer with supporters and staff from Te Papa and South Taranaki District Museum on her powhiri day2010: the New Year

I’ve been off to a flying start with 2010. Already we have five workshop bookings for the first half of 2010, at Te Kaha, Tolaga Bay, Motueka, Ruatahuna, and Otaki.

 

 

 

Tips and tales from on the road

In February, I undertook a field trip to Whanganui and South Taranaki, starting with the powhiri of Kristelle Plimmer, who is the new Museum Curator at Aotea Ūtanga Nui – Museum of South Taranaki in Patea. Kristelle was a concept developer at Te Papa for a year, and NSTP wishes her all the best in her new role.

Aotea Ūtanga Nui – Museum of South Taranaki has undergone an extensive relocation and has reopened in a venue that the South Taranaki District Council and local community can be proud of. After meeting with different groups while I was in the area, and from previous visits, I have a definite sense of whānau and other groups being proactive in different areas of development, with heritage and culture being high on the list of priorities. I’d like to thank Marty Davies, Kiwi Henare, Wallis Barnicoat, Sheena Maru, Marie Mackay, Mohi Apou, and also the whānau at South Taranaki District Museum for their manaaki, tautoko, and for finding the time to talk to me on my field trip.

Many iwi around the country are looking to build capacity in their iwi rohe (area). They are identifying areas in which they need to build skills and knowledge, and are looking at sending their young people to university, whare wānanga, and polytechs to gain qualifications in subjects that will benefit future growth in areas like culture, heritage, and future developments.


Image 1: A busy workshop with Vicki-Ann Heikell in Kaitaia, organised in conjunction with Te Rarawa iwi
Image 2: Rangi Te Kanawa tutoring a workshop at Waipoua
Image 3: Kristelle Plimmer with supporters and staff from Te Papa and South Taranaki District Museum on her powhiri day

Contact Gavin on 029 601 0440 or email gavinr@tepapa.govt.nz