Gavin's Diary

He mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. A big kia ora to you all. We have been busy this year facilitating workshops around the country, getting out and about amongst iwi, and visiting some of the small museums.

Some of the workshops to date have included:

  • Taonga Textile Conservation delivered by Rangi Te Kanawa for Ngāti Mamoe and Ngāi Tahu at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff
  • Digital Photography delivered by Kate Whitley for Ngāti Porou in Ruatoria
  • Taonga Textile & Paper Conservation Workshops delivered by Rangi Te Kanawa and Vicki-Anne Heikell in Gisborne for all of the local iwi. 

Every area has its own history, mana, and interesting stories, and I know that we are blessed to be able to listen and share these with the iwi.

I’ve also been on the road to Whangarei and Mangawhai with our Museum Development Officer, Ian Wards. We had the opportunity to view the new museum building currently under construction, and met with the collective of local iwi.

We also travelled to Waiuku to conduct a New Zealand Museums Standards Scheme Review of the Waiuku Museum, and had the opportunity to view their awesome museum and get a sense of the local history and relationships with iwi.

Just recently, we attended Museums Aotearoa, this year held in Nelson, where the theme was Collecting Culture. It was an interesting conference which explored how we look after our collections, including discussion around the code of ethics for museums in New Zealand, and how the Treaty of Waitangi can be implemented in the way we do our work in museums around the motu. 

There were some awesome keynote speakers, including Paul Tapsell, Arapata Hakiwai, Conal McCarthy, and international speakers such as Annabel Westman and Shane Simpson. One thing I picked up was that no matter where in the world you live, if you treasure something from the past and it has meaning and emotions attached it is well worth keeping and looking after properly.

I would like to add a quote which emphasises the importance of collaboration and relationship building when working with iwi and other organisations. After our recent workshop in Gisborne, Jody Wyllie shared the following kōrero with us: The workshop was about building relationships between the Tairawhiti Museum and experts in the field of textile and paper conservation, and the rest of the Tairawhiti community. It was awesome that workshops were held up the coast and the ability of Te Paerangi to have a direct relationship with Marae, whanau, hapu and iwi along the Tairawhiti. The Tairawhiti Museum is really only a conduit to this happening.

Jody Wyllie, Curator of Taonga Māori, Tairawhiti Museum.

Finally here is a recap on what we are all about and just to let you all know to keep the enquiries coming, either by email or phone 0508 NSTP HELP (0508 678 743). We are here to help, and if I don’t know the answer to a question, I’ll find someone to assist you. At National Services Te Paerangi we are all about working in partnership with iwi, museums, and galleries around the country. We offer a range of practical and strategic programmes aimed at strengthening the sector. My role at National Services Te Paerangi is to provide support, advice and information to iwi around Aotearoa, so if you or your iwi would like to know more, contact me and we can get the ball rolling.

Ngā mihi,

Gavin Reedy.