Gavin Reedy

Gavin's diary – January 2011 

Ngā mihi nui o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa. 

As we move into a new and exciting year ahead, we also reflect on the many highlights from 2010 – the most significant was seeing so many iwi members across the motu actively involved in the care of taonga on their marae and in their rohe through their participation in iwi workshops during the year. 

We finished the 2010 year on a high with two iwi Digital Photography workshops: one held in Te Kuiti in partnership with Maniapoto Māori Trust Board in October, and another in Rekohu with Hokotehi Moriori Trust in November. 

Ko Motakiora raua ko Pukenui ngä Maunga
Ko Mangaokewa te awa
Ko Te Kuiti Pa te Marae.
Ko Ngati Rora te Hapu

The workshop in Te Kuiti was a neat opportunity to learn about Ngāti Maniapoto and their links to other iwi; it also gave us an insight into their history and the strategic vision they have for their iwi. 

Wayne Jensen, who worked with NSTP on behalf of Maniapoto Māori Trust Board to organise the workshop, said that the workshop was a chance for the iwi to look to the future through understanding the history. We gained a feeling from the whanau that the sky‘s the limit and, even though it’s a busy time for the iwi, there’s a strong sense of connection and understanding between the people and their taonga, and therefore an optimistic future ahead.

Michael Hall was our expert tutor for this workshop and the whanau there really were on fire as they could see the many possibilities for them through the use of this technology. A big mihi to Wayne Jensen, whanau, and the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board.

Our next iwi Digital Photography workshop saw our photography expert Norm Heke and I travel to Rekohu on the Chatham Islands in November, where we were hosted by Hokotehi Moriori Trust. This organisation represents Moriori people – descendants of Ronogmaiwhenua and Rongomaitere on the islands of Rekohu and Rangiaotea in New Zealand and elsewhere.

Workshop participants at Chatham Islands workshop

We were there to contribute to a series of workshops which are run every year for its iwi members as part of the Keke Tura Moriori Identity Trust. As Susan Forbes puts it: ’The workshops aim to foster Moriori identity and culture. These specific workshops were directed at developing skills in recording and archiving images and documents. This workshop was also part of the ‘Youth Forum’, a mechanism for young people from the island to be able to gain access to information on mentors, education grants, training, and was also a forum for the expression of concerns and aspirations for the island.’ 

It was definitely a week of hard work, fun, and great learnings and sharings, along with other lectures provided by visiting researchers Janet Wilmhurst, Athol Macdonald, and Robin Atherton. We were also thrilled to participate in a repatriation ceremony of a toki from Golden Bay Museum by Jane Macdonald to the Moriori imi (iwi). 

He mihi aroha, ki a Maui raua ko Susan me te imi Moriori, me te hunau hoki o Kopinga marae. He mihi hoki ki a Tom Lanauze, raua ko Pita me a raua whanau katoa! Ko te tumanako, ka hoki ano kia tautoko i te kaupapa, i te imi, hunau o reira. 

I’d also like to share a poem that I wrote when in Rekohu. This poem was written during a field trip to Hapupu reserve where Norm taught the whanau aspects of digital photography using flash, natural lighting, and composition. The reserve was established to protect Moriori rakau momori (tree carvings). It is one of only two national historic reserves in New Zealand. This designation reflects the particular importance of Hapupu both culturally and spiritually for the Moriori of Rekohu (Chatham Islands).  

Kopi                                                                         

18 Nov 2010

Tears shed
Seeds
Memories
Falling
           Floating
                         Softly …

Karapuna imprinted

Generations pass …
Faces remain
Captured …
A long exposure

A stranger’s eye
Understands

Take a stand …

Elevation … a higher plane
Look to the past
Move into the future
A higher level of understanding

Enlightenment the goal

Koauau plays
Haunting …………

Voices imagined

Generations pass
Faces locked
Frozen
Knowledge untapped

Tears shed
Seeds
Memories
Falling
             Floating
                              Softly …

Don’t mistake peace for weakness.

Finally, as we move into 2011, on behalf of my manager Kylie and I, I’d like to thank everyone for your ideas and suggestions, your patience and manaakitanga and support as we work with you to develop and deliver a programme that is meaningful and effective in assisting you in the work you are doing. 

By Gavin Reedy, Iwi Development Officer
gavinr@tepapa.govt.nz