Gavin Reedy

Gavin's on-the-road diary - December 2012 

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou i tēnei wāhanga o te tau!

It’s the time of the year when we reflect on where we have been. It’s also time, as we look forward to 2013 and beyond, to be proactive and spot trends for the future so we can plan accordingly.

As I wrote in the last NSTP e-newsletter in September, earlier in 2012 we were able to take stock of our activities over the last few years and assess our body of work – workshops facilitated and iwi uptake of our services.

NSTP’s iwi workshops are popular, and iwi are also investigating the other services NSTP has on offer, like the Expert Knowledge Exchange, the Helping Hands Grant, and the Strategic Project Grant. Please log on to our site and get to know what is available.

It’s interesting that NSTP’s iwi workshops have generated intense interest around the country for several years, as they are designed with a good mix of theory and lots of hands-on practical and individual work. There are also interesting aspects of digital photography and up-to-date studio photography techniques on offer.

I’m just heading off to Hokitika to facilitate two workshops. One is on Digital Photography for iwi, tutored by Te Papa photographer Kate Whitley, where iwi members are taught how to capture high quality images of photos that hang in marae The other is on Paper Conservation, tutored by Alexander Turnbull Library Field Conservator Vicki-Anne Heikell, who teaches methods of caring for precious paper taonga like photos, bibles, whakapapa papers, and diaries.  The two tutors are very experienced, and both have both worked extensively around the country and overseas.

We are heading down to work with Susan Wallace and Makaawhio Rūnanga at Arahura and their whānau and hapū, who will be attending the workshops, and hopefully Ngāti Waewae Rūnanga can find time to come and participate.

We have been in a number of interesting and varied locations this year, from the Far North with Ngāti Hine at Mōtatau and Ngāpuhi at Ōtaua Marae, to Ngāti Kahungunu at Kohupātiki Marae in Hastings, and everywhere in between. We’ve been working as ATTTO assessors, and meeting and working with new iwi contacts around the country, presenting and providing assistance. It has been a busy but satisfying time as usual and I like to think we are helping iwi develop, grow, and prepare for the task of looking after our past and its taonga for generations to come.

Have a good Christmas break and make time to meet up and relax with your whānau.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari takitini, takimano, nō ōku tīpuna.

My strength lies in the pathways laid down by my ancestors.