Gavin Reedy

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

E nga mate haere
Haere atu ra ki te taha o nga mea wahangu

Te hunga ora
Tena koutou
Tena koutou
Tena tatou katoa

I would like to dedicate this diary edition to Patsy Bolstad of Wairarapa. She was a colleague and a good friend of mine and the many hundreds of children she taught in Masterton and beyond. Ka nui te mihi aroha ki a koe Patsy.

It was a really busy start for us all here at NSTP this year. It’s been a mixture of looking ahead to the future, working with iwi interested in discussing how our services can assist them in their cultural and heritage developments, and keeping an eye on where we have been the last 4 years.

We are currently working on our workshop programme for the year ahead, offering Digital Photography and the ever popular Paper Conservation and Taonga Textile Conservation workshops.

Iwi have realised the opportunities that these open, and the uptake of the workshops by iwi shows the hard work that our team of tutors have put into developing them.

Do you have an idea for an iwi workshop? Contact me.

Grants available for iwi 

There has been an increase in iwi wanting to learn about aspects of NSTP assistance through our two grants: Helping Hands Grants (HHG) and Strategic Project Grants (SPG).  We also operate the Expert Knowledge Exchange programme, which offers iwi the opportunity to host an expert from another organisation for intensive one-on-one advice or workshopping. An example of this could be an iwi hosting an expert like Rangi Te Kanawa to teach iwi members whāriki conservation using the latest methods she has been developing in conjunction with iwi.

Get on our website, whānau, to see what we have to offer you.

Recent workshops 

Looking back to the end of 2011, we rolled out workshops in the Far North, where we were hosted by Te Rarawa iwi in Kaitaia and held a Taonga Conservation workshop at the iwi educational centre Toka Tu Moana. We used this time to get out and about to places like Herekino with Annie Walker and to discuss issues with Catholic Father Pa Henare Tate at Motuti Marae. Thanks to Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa CEO Haami Piripi and local workshop organiser Brony Hunt.

I also met with local museum staff members and learnt about the latest exciting developments at the Te Ahu centre, which at that time was nearing completion. The centre is a multi-purpose community facility building, which will house the museum, public library, visitor information centre, and gallery for Kaitaia and surrounding communities. It’s a neat collaboration between the wider communities’ iwi and council. Thanks to Don and Lynda Hammond for the updates and discussion.

We stayed on the road and travelled to Kaikohe to Ngāpuhi iwi rohe, and were hosted at Otaua Marae. This was a busy weekend with two workshops running simultaneously, Taonga Conservation with Rangi Te Kanawa and Paper Conservation with Vicki-Anne Heikell from Alexander Turnbull Library. We also had the added bonus of a lecture by Hokimate Harwood who has whānau links to Otaua Marae. Hokimate is Bicultural Science Researcher Matauranga Māori at Te Papa. Her kaupapa or theme was the scientific research undertaken to identify species in 110 kākahu held by Te Papa. I would like to thank Te Rūnanga o Ngāpuhi, especially local organiser Lucy Taurua- Mason, Kaumatua Uncle Tau Hopa and the ringawera (cooks).

 Otaua Marae workshop participants

Workshop participants at Otaua Marae

I attended an art exhibition by emerging artist Tracey Takuira at Mangamuka and, as well as viewing some awesome art, I got to meet local whānau and was interviewed by the local radio station.

Also while in the area we visited the Going Family Rugby Museum. The family had an awesome display of Far North and international rugby treasures, including jerseys and memorabilia. We then travelled over to beautiful Motatau Marae with the Ashby whānau and listened to kaumatua Tohe Ashby talk about the history and future plans for the development of the whānau and marae. 

I also stopped in at the Kauri Museum at Matakohe and had a visit with Betty Nelley and some of the local representatives – Bernard Makaore and Hinerangi Himiona. The Museum has a very good relationship with local iwi and they often collaborate on special projects throughout the year, like Matariki, where the community celebrates Māori New Year.

In June this year, we travelled over to the Wairarapa to workshop in collaboration with Ngāti Kahungunu and Rangitane. I felt blessed because we were accompanied by Waikato kaumatua in residence at Te Papa, Taki and Ratou Turner. I always feel at ease when we are graced by their presence.

The kaupapa of the workshop was Digital Photography for iwi and this was tutored by top photographer Norm Heke. We were hosted at Te Oreore Marae and a big mihi to Mike Kawana, Joseph Potangaroa, the ringawera at the Marae, and local organiser and kaumatua Haami Te Whaiti.

 

One last point, whānau. Early this year, I was given time in the office to trace my steps over the last 4 years, tracking where we have held workshops and what the kaupapa were. I discovered I’d been involved in 44 workshops all around the country and in all sorts of locations. This information is vital when researching what is going on around the country, spotting trends, and getting up to speed with iwi developments.

I’m currently getting ready for the next few months. I’ll be working with Ngāti Hine in the Far North, Makaawhio Rūnanga at Hokitika on the West Coast, as well working on our other NSTP mahi.

That’s enough from me for now everyone. But like I always say to those who are thinking of their iwi and how they can get involved in culture and heritage development for their whānau/hapu/iwi – get on our site or use our helpline, I’m only too happy to chat and see how we can assist.

 

Naku te rourou nau te rourou
Ka ora ai te iwi

Gavin Reedy