Te Iwa Tamaki holding a film reel.

Tiakina Approach

Find out about the Tiakina approach and how it shapes our partnerships with kaitiaki.

What is the Tiakina Approach?

Tiakina, our Kaitiaki Relationship Framework, is a set of tools, guidelines, agreements and policies that will help Ngā Taonga develop more meaningful relationships with iwi Māori.

Hero image: Te Iwa Tamaki, Taonga Māori Collection's Team Leader.

Why was the Tiakina Approach Created?

We created the Kaitiaki Relationship Framework to build more collaboration and trust, and to allow Māori to exercise mana and control over how their taonga are made available. It makes space for kaitiaki to speak on behalf of their collections.

Our Projects with Kaitiaki

Tiakina sets out how we work with kaitiaki of Taonga Māori audiovisual material for numerous events, programmes or occasions. Please see below examples of our work and projects supported by kaitiaki.

23 June 2022

Every year Ngā Taonga celebrates Matariki with a short video loop featuring items from the collections.
Matariki night sky

3 February 2023

10,000 pea ngā tāngata i huihui ki te marae o Te Tii ki te whakanui ōkawatanga tuatahi o Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

13 June 2022

Norman was one of 21,000 US Marines who arrived in the Wellington region to prepare for or recover from combat in the Pacific, between June 1942 and November 1943.
A congo line at the American Red Cross "Cecil Club" in Wellington during WWII.

Tiakina and the Treaty

The Tiakina approach is based on the founding constitution of the original New Zealand Film Archive and incorporates the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi while also upholding the Waitangi Tribunal 262 Claim.

Check out the following page for more information regarding Wai262.

Tiakina Framework

Diagram of the TIAKI principles

This framework makes space for kaitiaki to speak on behalf of their collections, while the Archive operates as kaipupuri (holders of the taonga).

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.

Tiakina Launch Video

Tiakina was launched on 1 July 2020. Watch a video of the launch.