Gavin Reedy

Gavin's on-the-road diary - March 2013 

Ngā mihi ki a koutou katoa i te tīmatanga o te tau!

A warm welcome to all!

I hope you had a bit of a break over the summer holidays. My whānau went for a holiday up north. We had lots of fun, got scorched in Raglan by the hot sun, and returned home to rescue the kai garden from drought. It’s been a hot summer this year, that’s for sure.

As I wrote last November we were heading down to a double workshop in Hokitika with Makaawhio Rūnanga and Ngāti Mahaki. We were hosted on the Ngāti Waewae marae of Arahura and welcomed by kaumatua Eli Weepu and Francois Tumahai and iwi members of Makaawhio and Ngāti Waewae.

The marae is still under construction, and the wharenui site was just being prepared while we were there. Francois said that the marae was a very important milestone as it gives a spiritual base for their iwi.

The kaupapa for the workshop were Digital Photography for Iwi, tutored by Te Papa photographer Kate Whitley, and Paper Conservation (looking after paper taonga), tutored by Vicki-Anne Heikell, who is a Field Conservator at the Alexander Turnbull Library.

We organised this wānanga with Susan Wallace of Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio. It was neat to listen to Susan and others talk about their iwi, Kāti Mahaki ki Makaawhio, a hapū or sub-tribe of the wider Ngai Tahu, and Ngāti Mamoe iwi of Te Waipounamu. Their hapū is centred at Makaawhio in South Westland, on Te Tai o Poutini (the West Coast) where they have a long and interesting history.

I’d like to mihi, to thank, the iwi Kāti Makahi and Kāti Waewae for hosting us on the Coast. A big thanks also to Tangi Weepu who found time to give us a tour of the area and talked to us about the story of pounamu and Te Tai o Poutini. This was a beautiful, haunting tale of lust, love, and the creation of the beautiful resource pounamu . We went for a walk on the beach and he made the story come alive. An iwi rich in history and resources indeed!

I attended the Te Ao Kōhatu Wānanga held at Hongoeka marae in Plimmerton on 1–3 February. Co-organisers Awhina Tamarapa and Kani Te Manukura said that the intention was to ‘gather traditional tool makers at Hongoeka Marae, to mahi (work) together, and to share knowledge, skills, and resources.’

My blog post about the workshop provides lots of information so I won’t go into detail here, but expert Dante Bonica called it a time to study ‘traditional stone tool technology’.

I’d just like to add that our workshop options are still very popular. They have been requested by iwi and, through the use of current technologies and experienced tutors, they remain in demand countrywide.

Read more about what National Services Te Paerangi has on offer for iwi.

We began to organise workshops and other projects for 2013 as early as possible, as the tutors we use are busy both here at home and overseas. Sometimes it’s a juggling act to finalise dates, times, and venues so that all parties can participate. If you think that one of our workshops may be of interest to your iwi, contact us now:

Kylie Ngaropo, Manager Iwi Development, at 04 381 7471 or

Gavin Reedy, Iwi Development Officer, at 029 601 0440 or

You can also call us on our free helpline number 0508 678 743.

It’s going to be a busy year again for National Services Te Paerangi, working with iwi and others around the country. I am certainly looking forward to what’s coming up over the horizon in 2013.

That’s enough from me for now. I’ll catch you all in a few months time.

Gavin Reedy