Mā te mātauranga, te iwi ka ora: Projects from the Ngāi Tahu Archive
- Date: Thursday, 14 June, 2018
5.00 to 5.30pm — He Tohu tour, 5:45 to 6.45pm — talk, 6.45 to 7.30pm — kai.
Free. No booking required.
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
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Nau mai, tauti mai! Come and listen to 4 Ngāi Tahu speakers reflecting on the innovative work of the Ngāi Tahu Archive team which is actively gathering and sharing mātauranga Ngāi Tahu with iwi members and (where appropriate) the world!
Ngāi Tahu atlas and Ngāi Tahu biographies projects
Tā Tipene O’Regan, Takerei Norton, Helen Brown and Dr. Michael J. Stevens will discuss the innovative work they are doing with and for their iwi. You will hear about the development of:
- Kā Huru Manu, an online Ngāi Tahu atlas, and
- the publication of Tāngata Ngāi Tahu, a book of Ngāi Tahu biographies published by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Bridget Williams Books in 2017.
Hear about these projects, the background to the team’s formation, and their future aspirations.
What's the Ngāi Tahu Archive?
The Ngāi Tahu Archive was established in 1978. Mā te mātauranga, te iwi ka ora – with knowledge the iwi will prosper. Ngāi Tahu mana over Ngāi Tahu knowledge lies at the heart of all the projects undertaken by the Ngāi Tahu Archive Team.
Today, the Ngāi Tahu Archive comprises the:
- collections of the Ngaitahu Maori Trust Board,
- records of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and
- the personal papers of selected individuals.
Through digitisation, it is also increasingly becoming a repository for archives of tribal significance repatriated from external institutions.
Current project — Kareao an archive database
The Ngāi Tahu Archive team is currently developing Kareao. Kareao is an archive database that will provide access via a single Ngāi Tahu portal to a distributed collection of archives and taonga of tribal significance held across multiple institutions.
About the speakers
Tā Tipene O’Regan was the long-serving Chairman of the Ngaitahu Maori Trust Board, which led the Ngāi Tahu Claim process before the Waitangi Tribunal that culminated in the Ngāi Tahu Settlement. His personal scholarly interest is largely in traditional history and ethnology of Ngāi Tahu and Te Waipounamu. Tā Tipene currently chairs Te Pae Kōrako (the Ngāi Tahu Archive Advisory Committee) and is involved in both the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre at UC and Ngā Pae o Te Maramatanga at the University of Auckland.
Takerei Norton is the Manager of the Ngāi Tahu Archive Team. Takerei worked as an Environmental Advisor for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu for nearly ten years protecting sites of cultural significance. Since 2007 Takerei has managed Kā Huru Manu, the Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project recording traditional Ngāi Tahu knowledge on the tribal Geographical Information System (GIS).
Helen Brown is a Senior Researcher in the Archive Team at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. She has a background in Māori heritage management and research and works on a range of heritage projects with Ngāi Tahu whānau and hapū. She was the project lead and co-editor of Tāngata Ngāi Tahu: People of Ngāi Tahu in 2017 and is currently working on a second volume.
Mike Stevens is the Awarua Alternate Representative to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. A freelance historian, muttonbirder and part-time boat-builder, Mike has a PhD in History and has assisted the Archive Team over the last five years. He is a former Senior Lecturer in Māori History at the University of Otago and is currently writing a world history of Bluff.