Introducing Tiakina, our new Kaitiaki Relationship Framework
On 1 July, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision was pleased to launch Tiakina, our Kaitiaki Relationship Framework – a set of policies that will help Ngā Taonga develop more meaningful relationships with iwi Māori. Tiakina is based on the founding Kaupapa/Constitution of the original New Zealand Film Archive, incorporates the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and upholds the Waitangi Tribunal 262 claim*. It also brings practical applications of whakaaro Māori (Māori ways of doing) to Taonga Māori across all areas of archival practice.
We created Tiakina because want to collaborate and partner with Kaitiaki – kia mahi tahi tātou – and to allow Māori to exercise mana and control over how their taonga are made available. Tiakina sets out how we work with Kaitiaki (enduring traditional owners) of Taonga Māori audiovisual material in our care. We want to enable Kaitiaki to maintain an enduring relationship with their Taonga Māori, to ensure culturally appropriate use and to protect it from any derogatory or offensive public use.The Framework makes space for Kaitiaki to speak on behalf of their collections, while the Archive operates as the Kaipupuri of this material.
This is one of the first frameworks of its kind in New Zealand’s GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, museums), media and broadcasting sectors. We hope that its successful implementation will encourage other institutions, and the production community, to create formal Kaitiaki policies of their own.
Read more about Tiakina on our website.
*The Waitangi Tribunal 262 claim (WAI262) concerns ‘Māori symbols and designs and their use and development and associated indigenous cultural and customary heritage rights in relation to such taonga.’