Digital photography and paper conservation workshops 

Michael Hall presenting a workshopNational Services Te Paerangi (NSTP) has been holding two-day Digital photography and paper conservation workshops throughout New Zealand since 2009. They are a collaborative effort by NSTP and the local  iwi, and are in response to iwi who have recognised the risks to photographs hanging in wharenui around the country.

The first day is helpful for those who wish to learn how to copy images of tupuna / whanau photographs that hang in wharenui or in their own homes, for future archiving and safe storage.

The second day concentrates on methods and techniques on how to care for works on paper and compliments the first day of this workshop as it will provide participants with valuable information to preserve those documents for future generations.

Norm Heke (Ngā Puhi, Te Arawa), Michael Hall and Kate Whitley, Te Papa photographers with many years of professional experience and Vicki-Anne Heikell (Te Whānau-a-Apanui) a paper conservator at Te Papa with 15 years of professional experience present these workshops, which were a new initiative for NSTP in 2009.

Iwi are in possession of many forms of documents, including photographs, that have been handed down over time and through the generations. This workshop will be invaluable for those who wish to learn how to care for and store paper works & photographs in their own homes, or for their marae.

Recent fires that have destroyed wharenui have highlighted the trauma and loss suffered by whanau and especially where there have been no copies or records kept of the images (photographs). This ‘hands on’ workshop includes a practical component, demonstrating how to make appropriate storage containers, and, time permitting, how to get the most out of your digital camera.

This workshop looks at aspects of theory behind capturing good quality photographs. Participants are invited to bring a collection of photographs that may be used in the workshop, and may bring personal cameras along for a discussion session on how to get the most from your equipment.
It provides participants with some techniques and methods for the care and storage of paper taonga. Participants are invited to bring along paper documents e.g., bibles, photographs, whakapapa manuscripts, journals, diaries or other important documents. During the workshop you will learn the proper techniques to care for paper taonga and methods used for storing documents.