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I’ve been on the road constantly since I wrote last and it’s been an interesting schedule of activities with a mixture of presentations, the facilitation of iwi workshops and assisting iwi with enquiries. There has been a marked increase in the numbers of iwi participating in the programmes and workshops that we offer around the motu, no reira, kia kaha koutou katoa.
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To give you an update of the more recent events I’ve been involved in with iwi, I thought I’d share some of the highlights with you:
- Iwi Digital Photography Workshop at the Tauranga Matariki Festival Celebrations
This work shop tutored by Michael Hall was a collaboration between the Tauranga City Council, the Tauranga Moana Māori Tourism Council, and local iwi. In this workshop the iwi learned about digital photography and care and storage of taonga over two days.
It was neat to be invited to be involved as part of the local Tauranga celebrations and we we were lucky enough to be able to view local art works and galleries and listen to the iwi plans for future development and collaboration in tourisim, art and education. The Matariki get together on the Friday night was an interesting mix of politicans, artists iwi and tourists (who were lucky enough to stumble on the gathering!).
With the local art scene so visible in Tauranga and with iwi right up there with developments, I also met some younger artists studying alongside Linda Munns and working towards iwi development initiatives towards caring for their taonga. A very heartfelt thanks to Caryn Rawlinson, Linda Munns, Dean Flavell and their team, and all those who hosted us during the workshop. Also a mihi to Simon Bridges and local Councillor Catherine Stewart who shared their time with me during the evening.
- Toi Wairarapa and National Services Te Paerangi Iwi Digital Photography Seminar
In June we presented an iwi digital photography seminar as part of the Toi Wairarapa seminar series at Ara Toi. A big thanks to Haami Te Whaiti and local iwi who attended the presentation.
- Iwi seminars at Te Manawa Museum – Te Papaioea
In May, iwi were invited to attend our iwi seminars where people were able to learn more about our work and the work of conservators Rangi Te Kanawa, Vicki-Anne Heikell and Te Papa photographer Michael Hall. Iwi and hapu members from the Manawatu region including Levin, Palmerston North, Reureu and over to Ratana Pā attended. Big thanks to rangatira Manu Kawana and his team for their support and all the whanau who made it over to Te Papaioea. This presentation has led to lots of hui and korero with iwi.
- Iwi presentation at Tukorehe Marae
This presentation to Lindsay Poutama and whānau in May went well. It was awesome listening to the developments of Ngāti Tukorehe and their taonga and we are looking forward to being involved in the coming months.
- Visit and presentation at Ratana Pa
In July, Te Herekiekie Herewini and I travelled over to Ratana Pa to meet with Puawai Hagger and whānau and iwi members. Te Herekiekie provided a short overview about the Karanga Aotearoa Repatriation Team and their work and it was an opportunity to share more about how we support and work with iwi. This was a special occasion for us and we are looking forward to working alongside iwi in the near future. A big mihi to Puawai and all the whānau we spoke to that day.
- Ngāti Pareraukawa Taonga Conservation workshop
This two day workshop was held at Ngātokowaru Marae and tutored by Rangi Te Kanawa in July. The main kaupapa of the workshop was the stabilisation of treasured whāriki and the team are on track with their whāriki project. Rangi was impressed by the high quality of work by all over the two days and there was no doubt that this team of weavers led by Rachael Selby were dedicated to the task at hand.
The team also nested and boxed a selection of taonga. It was a special workshop for me as this was the home marae of two of my old friends who have passed on: Hemi McGregor (ex Principal of Wainuiomata College) and Huata Nicholson (ex old boy of Te Aute and Wainuiomata College). He hokinga mahara, no reira moe mai kōrua i te aroha. Thank you to whānau and workshop coordinator Rachael Selby from Ngātokowaru marae and Ngāti Pareraukawa.
On a final note, there’s a steady stream of enquiries coming in from all over the country, for all sorts of topics. Keep them coming and remember whānau we are there to assist you with your strategic and practical developments. That’s enough from me for now but know I’m always at the end of a phone or email.
Ngā mihi, Na Gavin Reedy signing off, en route to Uepohatu Marae, Te Tairawhiti.