Tēnā koutou whānau
We are passed the shortest day and the winter frosts have set in but there is a hive of activity in your iwi at the moment so the cold has not slowed us down.
Since we last spoke your iwi team has been busy preparing for Rangatahi wānanga, planning whānau days for later in the year and completing preparations for your AGM in August.
We are excited about the next education programme to be made available to iwi members, Literacy and Numeracy support. This will be facilitated on our behalf by Workforce Development NZ and is available to iwi members nationwide who are in the workforce.
Places are limited so please check out the details in the Education section of this Pānui, and contact us for more information if this is of interest to you.
Over the next 12 months we will be staging whānau days around the country to give iwi members an opportunity to meet with us, kanohi ki te kanohi, to hear and talk about your iwi. The first whānau day is planned for Saturday 29 August at Omaka Marae Blenheim.
We will advise you of the other whānau day dates and locations soon.
AGM Sunday 30 August 2015 Omaka Marae Blenheim
Formal notices will be published in a number of newspapers over the next week and full details will be on your iwi website, with updates over the next 6 weeks to ensure you are fully informed.
As in past years iwi members wishing to attend the Whānau Day and AGM from the North or South Islands are eligible for transport assistance, and accommodation is available at Omaka Marae.
Iwi Archive Project
As reported in the June pānui, we have been working closely with Archives NZ, Turnbull Library, Te Papa and the National Library of NZ to preserve our iwi’s historical records.
Archives are those iwi records selected for permanent preservation. Archives, by their very nature, have a value and currency beyond the lifetime of any one creator, archive manager, Board, or donor.
In taking custody of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō archives we accept that we have long-term legal and moral obligations to our records and taonga, to our iwi, to our Board and organization, and to future iwi members and researchers. To this end our archive programme must be structured and able to survive in perpetuity.
The key element of this archive project is the long-term obligation to the records, including continuity of care and resourcing, and continuity of safe custody.
To ensure we fulfil our long-term obligations to our iwi, this project has started by addressing five main areas:
- Archives policy
- Environmental standards and storage
- Appraisal (acquisition) of records
- Disposal of records
- Access and protection (including digitization) of records
Once the project is completed it will enable us to share more easily the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō story, and our journey so far, with iwi members and others.
We are busy upgrading our communication tools to ensure we can keep you fully updated on iwi activities and events. As well as this Pānui you should have also received your postcard via Apa Mail, and we are planning a quarterly magazine and a Facebook page.
We have been busy working on your iwi web site to re-freshen, re-new and re-vamp the site so that it can deliver a lot more to you. We are planning to launch the new look site in August, so stay tuned.
We Need Your Help
One area we need your help on is ‘Contact Details.’ We are working on our iwi database to make sure that we have current contact details for everyone to improve our ability to keep you up to date with the latest information.
If you have moved or changed your email address or phone numbers it would be great if you could advise us of these changes so we can update your membership file. Either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on Freephone 0800 578 900.