Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau 2018

Tātai Arorangi
Road Maps and Star Charts 

Navigating Mātauranga Māori Approaches to Nutrition and Physical Activity

There are now so many Māori led events, Māori led services, and Māori designed products that shape new ways of thinking about well-being. It is a fundamental value of ours to continue to support not only those in the sector and those who are there to offer the services to the communities, but in carrying us forward so we can continue to have an ongoing impact, we need to look at other innovations. The Toi Tangata national Hui ā Tau is a place where those initiatives are showcased, supported, and celebrated.

The Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau 2018 provides an opportunity to connect Iwi and health promoters, Māori academics, tertiary students, community leaders, youth workers, independent businesses and health practitioners from across the motu where kaupapa Māori practices will be promoted, shared and developed. This year, the Hui ā Tau is taking place on the 21-23 February at the Apumoana Marae in Rotorua and has a focus on taking stock of where we are at, what is working, what is not, and where we need to concentrate our energy to get the positive outcomes we desire.

The theme is Tātai Arorangi, which draws inspiration from the knowledge system of the stars. Inspired by the kupu ‘Ko tātai arorangi he kai arataki i te ra,’ it speaks of how reading the stars once guided everything we did and how all components of our lives were guarded by these celestial bodies. Tātai Arorangi reminds us of our dependence on the taiao while challenging one another to consider if our respective communities are on track to flourish and prosper with the current direction, or if we must seek and explore fresh road maps to navigate into the future we want.

The event offers three days of thought-provoking kōrero, interactive workshops and structured physical activities which will challenge how we can successfully navigate these current times to build a resilient, prosperous and sustainable future through mātauranga Māori approaches.  We have an exciting line up of keynote speakers and workshop presenters and each of their contributions will challenge hui participants to consider ways in which we can move towards a future involving Māori Systems Thinking, Kai Māori Kai Ora, and Digital Innovation while being equipped to respond to the changing times in a way that enables Māori to prosper and live in a changing world as Māori.

How are we tracking? What challenges will we face in coming decades? What policy settings do we need now to address them? The Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau will offer up an exciting, uplifting, and inspirational setting that will encourage innovative thinking and meaningful activities that will and are making a difference for our whānau Māori.

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Our speakers include Dr Matire Harwood, Dr Rangi Mataamua, Dr Ihirangi Heke, Te Ururoa Flavell, Mapihi Raharuhi, Paora Te Hurihanganui, Dr Nina Scott, Dr Isaac Warbrick, Dr Anna Rolleston and many others. 


Meet Our Keynote Speakers                     Read the Abstracts


View our programme outline here.

*Toi Tangata reserves the right to make changes to the programme. 

Update as at 20 February 2018

The countdown is on for the Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau 2018 and things are getting exciting! We have locked in our speakers, confirmed our workshops, and are ready to go!

Firstly, ngā mihi ki ā koe! We wish to thank you for taking part in our Hui ā Tau. We have got a great selection of speakers lined up and the team at Toi Tangata is excited to get this hui on the road. I have attached the programme to give you an idea of how our hui is going to run. We have six keynote speakers, two panel sessions, 20 workshops and a range of outdoor activities throughout the hui.

The Hui ā Tau will kick off with a pōwhiri at 1pm on Wednesday 21 February 2018 and will run until 1pm on Friday 23 February 2018. If you are new to visiting a marae, we have pulled together a Marae 101 Kit which details the basics of what to bring and what to expect. We have  also attached a pack list for you here.

As you may have seen in the news, Cyclone Gita is on its way and is expected to make landfall on Tuesday. We have a contingency plan in place for wet weather, but do come prepared. Read more here

Please keep in mind that we will have our photographer running around taking photos, and we will be video-recording several of the workshop and speaker slots. Toi Tangata will use these images and videos on our website and other social media outlets as promotional material.  

Lastly, as part of our work towards assisting people to improve their levels of wellness, Toi Tangata is facilitating a smoke-free and alcohol-free environment. This stance runs alongside the Toi Tangata key messages of ‘Kai Māori, Kai Ora’ and ‘Wai Māori, Ngāi Māori’. In supporting and respecting this kaupapa, please keep this in mind during the hui.

We look forward to seeing you!


The call for abstracts has closed

There were a limited number of opportunities for kaimahi to present their mahi and/or run practical sessions. Ngā mihi nui to everyone who submitted an abstract.