Recognising Aotearoa New Zealand’s bicultural heritage and the Treaty of Waitangi, the NZ Archaeological Association is committed to developing and operating as a bicultural entity. As part of this, it has established a Kaupapa Māori Advisory Group.
The primary role of the group is to proactively advise the NZAA Council on matters regarding the Association’s relevance to ngā iwi Māori and their archaeological heritage. The Council consults the group when developing and updating the Association’s strategies and policies. It also seeks the advice of the Group when Council is formulating position statements by the Association on Government policy or a public issue in archaeology that is relevant to iwi. The Group is also a sounding board on iwi liaison for organisers of NZAA events such as the annual conference.
Each year the Council appoints two or three Māori members of the Association to form the core of the Advisory Group. Those members may co-opt other interested Māori members of the Association and/or other Māori with an interest in archaeology and wāhi tupuna to form the overall consultative group.
Māori members interested in archaeology may connect by:
• Being available for appointment as a core member (these people should have current subscriptions to the Association)
• Being a co-opted member of the Advisory Group
• Being part of a wider communication network of Māori interested in archaeology and happy to stay abreast of the Groups discussions and on occasion contribute to those
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