Nga iwi o Ngapuhi membership system: relationship management and relational design
Clear, Tony; Charkova, R.; Lin, A.; Lomax, T.
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This paper reviews a capstone project undertaken by Auckland University of Technology (AUT) students to develop a tribal membership register for Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi. The initial scope of the project incorporated a database to record details of people, land, and their common history. As the project unfolded complex issues related to land, genealogical and historical relationships had to be addressed. The paper discusses the relationship between the clients and developers and the partnership model that was adopted. Research conducted to develop a suitable data model uncovered the GENTECH genealogical data model originated by genealogists in Texas. This model was adapted for this project to suit the unique needs of Maori. The paper describes the initial implementation of an online membership register and concludes with a critique of this model proposing further extensions to address the interactions between people, land and history.