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.
Tātai Arorangi draws inspiration from the knowledge system of the stars, the conductors of the environment that we rely so heavily on. 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.
Over the three days a range of thought-provoking kōrero, interactive workshops and structured physical activities will be presented, challenging how we can successfully navigate these current times to build a resilient, prosperous and sustainable future through mātauranga Māori approaches.
Each contribution will challenge hui participants to consider ways in which we can move towards a future involving Digital Innovation, Māori Systems Thinking, and Kai Māori Kai Ora, 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.
The venue for the Hui-a-tau 2016 is Apumoana Marae, Tarawera Rd, Rotorua, a setting which offers the opportunity to be immersed within a unique tikanga Māori environment that has sustained and guided its people since the dawn of time.
What challenges will we face in coming decades? What policy settings do we need now to address them? The scene is set for an exciting, uplifting, and inspirational Hui ā Tau 2018 that will encourage innovative thinking and meaningful activities that will and are making a difference for our whānau Māori.
The 2018 Hui ā Tau is set to engage, inspire, and activate its participants. Watch this space for more information.
View our programme outline here.
*Toi Tangata reserves the right to make changes to the programme. Regular updates will be made between now and early February.
The call for abstracts is open and closes on Sunday 7 January 2018.
There are a limited number of opportunities for kaimahi to present their mahi and/or run practical sessions. So if you have something to share around the themes of Digital Innovation, Māori Systems Thinking, or Kai Māori Kai Ora, karanga mai! Or is your message best presented with activities, discussion, debate or outside? Why not lead a workshop? We are looking for workshop abstracts that are interactive and engaging with a great ‘take home message.’ Each presentation is for 15 minutes with workshops having a longer time allowance of between 45-60 minutes.