Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tōtanga
Along with staff from the Marlborough Museum, Marlborough Archives, Picton Museum and Motueka Museum, I recently attended the Te Papa Te Paerangi training workshop "Māori in museums" held at the Marlborough Museum.
Te Paerangi is the national organisation tasked with supporting non-profit organisations in the museum, gallery and Iwi sector across Aotearoa, by sharing Te Papa’s professional expertise.
The course tutor was Paora Tibble who is the Kaiwhanake ā-Iwi iwi Development Advisor for Te Paerangi and was the te reo Māori writer at Te Papa for over 6 years.
Our own Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Cultural Advisor, Kiley Nepia, was the guest presenter, bringing a comprehensive and well-received local Iwi perspective to the course content.
Most interesting from my perspective as an archivist in an iwi organisation was the discussions on contemporary Māori social structures and concepts and how these impact on museum/archive practices.
All-in-all, it was an excellent day of professional development and great to have someone of Paora’s experience and expertise here sharing his knowledge with us.