April 05, 2022
Ngāi Tahu Archive helping shape tribal identity
The Kiwibank New Zealander of the year says creating a tribal archive is one of the achievements he is proudest of.
Ngāi Tahu leader Sir Tipene O’Regan was given the honour of a lifetime of service to his people and to building a bicultural nation.
The archive, which the iwi established in 1978, has achieved international recognition for its work, and its publications are in demand from the wider public.
“We developed all this, the archive and everything for ourselves to ensure we climbed out of seven generations of grudge for the settlement or the claim. We had to have some way of informing and reshaping our own identity as a people,” Sir Tipene says.
The tohu reminds him not only of the people he has worked with not only within Ngāi Tahu but also in other iwi, the Māori Graduates Association and the fisheries sector.