June 20, 2023
Bedroom treasures become archivists’ bounty
The new chief archivist is keen to share some of the secrets of the trade with iwi practitioners,
Anahera Mōrehu is the first Māori appointed to the statutory role heading up Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga – Archives New Zealand.
She’s a former president of the Library & Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa and has also had leadership roles on the International Federation of Library Associations and is a member of the trust board of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua.
She says the treaty settlement process over the past 30 years has thrown up a huge volume of documents, images and recordings, and a symposium in Wellington this week will help iwi archivists manage those tāonga.
“You find stuff underneath the beds, there’s a lot of digital collections now that make information available, there’s a lot of iwi now that have either settled or are going through the settlement process and they’ve found lots of documents, lots of images. So the whole purpose ot the Iwi Archivists Symposium is to help them through the week look at the different ways theyu can manage and teach them a few skill sets,” Ms Mōrehu says.