About Kete

Kete Kawerau is a community built digital library of arts, cultural and heritage resources for and about Kawerau, New Zealand. The Kawerau District Library and Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum in conjunction with the Aotearoa People's Network and the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa are responsible for the creation and ongoing development of the site.

Kete aims to get privately owned papers and photographs out from under beds and sitting alongside public archive and photograph collections. But we want so much more too. We want to capture the memories and stories that are our heritage, we want a place where our artists can showcase their work, and where our businesses and attractions can promote themselves, where we can celebrate who we are and how we live and what we do through photographs, video and audio footage and stories.

What we want is a vibrant and lively community of Kete users adding value to the site: joining together related photographs and clips and documents by writing and submitting an article or story; a story that others can add their own memories and knowledge to as well.

"Kete" is the Māori word for basket but in this context it is an open source digital library and archiving software developed by Katipo Communications and the Horowhenua Library Trust. Kete can be used by library staff and members of the public to upload precious memories, photographs, audio or video and these can be grouped together thematically in "baskets". Kete was developed with Ruby on Rails, utilizes Zebra z39.50 full text indexing engine developed by IndexData, is fully compatible with Koha, and will be released under a  GNU General Public License (GPL). The Kete software is available for download and other communities are encouraged to build their own Kete. The Horowhenua Library Trust project is carried out in partnership with Horowhenua District Council and Levin SeniorNet, and was funded from the National Digital Strategy : Community Partnership Fund.

You can read more about Kete at http://blog.kete.net.nz

The future

Our aim is to develop and build on the work done by other Ketes.

Who's involved in Kete?

Conception: Kete was the bright idea of Joann Ransom, Deputy head of Libraries, Horowhenua Library Trust and Kete Project Manager.

Partners: Horowhenua Library Trust have partnered with Horowhenua District Council and Levin SeniorNet for this project. Aotearoa People's Network provided software and support for Kete Kawerau.

Funders: The National Digital Strategy : Community Partnerships Fund provided the bulk of the development funding, supplemented by Horowhenua Library Trust, Horowhenua District Growers Association and Horowhenua District Council. Aotearoa People's Network has funded kete expansion to a number of communities throughout New Zealand. Kawerau District Council supports our local Kete Kawerau.

Developers: Walter McGinnis (Lead Developer), Russell Garlick (Information Architect) Robert Lyon (Web Programmer), and the rest of the crew at Katipo Communications.

Local Content Manager: Susan Harris (District Librarian)