Mātauranga Māori in New Zealand Libraries: A presentation and workshop on Maori knowledge in New Zealand libraries - IRRT Chair's Program
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Treaty of Waitangi settlements are enabling iwi/hapu (tribal) entities to build repositories to house their own taonga (treasures) and mātauranga (knowledge) which can affect mainstream libraries throughout Aotearoa (New Zealand) , as iwi contemplate repatriation of their iwi/hapu taonga. Te Ropu Whakahau (Māori in Libraries and Information Management) has developed a one-day workshop, Mātauranga Māori in New Zealand Libraries.
This workshop provides a professional development opportunity for non-Māori librarians, on how to work with iwi/hapu through true partnership, by acknowledging the importance of Matauranga Māori values and practices. This applies to the resources contained within the collections in which they work, as well as the customers of whom they serve. This session showcases the structural framework of an indigenous model; allows participants to experience the content of the workshop; provides innovative ideas on workshop delivery (and the challenges of delivering in earthquake ravaged Christchurch, Kai Tahu, one of the richest iwi of Aotearoa); and includes participant attendance and feedback. This presentation serves as a model for information professionals who seek to be inclusive of indigenous culture and values within their organizations.