Whakatau for the interns at the National Library of NZ
Staff and interns at the National Library of NZ

For the next ten weeks Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, and Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision will host Ngāti Porou interns who will research, review and archive Ngāti Porou taonga.

The internships give effect to the Letters of Commitment, which are part of the Ngāti Porou Treaty Settlement around access to taonga. 

“The internships are a huge step towards consolidating our relationship with Ngāti Porou and developing a template for how the Crown work with Iwi with Letters of Commitment post-settlement,” said Chief Archivist Richard Foy.

The internships are part of the Ngāti Porou Cultural Heritage Strategy developed by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Porou’s Taonga Advisory Committee. Chair of the Ngāti Porou Taonga Advisory Committee Ani Pahuru-Huriwai said she was excited about how the internships will support the tribe’s Māori Language Plan.

“The care, preservation and access to Ngāti Porou taonga held in the various whare taonga here and around the world is becoming critical as with each passing year, we lose more and more of our native speakers. Our interns will be an important key to unlocking the door to many kilometres of taonga written in te reo Māori,” said Pahuru Huriwai.

“There is a willingness by the Crown agencies to not only engage with us, or to realise the intent of the Letter of Commitment, but also to repay a great debt owed to Ngāti Porou for the contribution our tīpuna like Tā Apirana, made to the cultural fabric of this nation. These internships continue the work Tā Apirana started in terms of gathering, reviewing and caring for our taonga tuku iho,” she said.

The internships have been funded by Te Mātāwai and will be managed by Radio Ngāti Porou.

A whakatau for the interns, Maria Wynyard, Lady Pokai and Mahinaarangi Manuel was held at the National Library of NZ on Monday 13 January.