Read about the kaupapa our kaikōrero will be sharing!


Mark and Dr Diana Kopua

Te Kurahuna: Reinstating and Embedding Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Te Whare Wānanga o Te Kurahuna is the kaitiaki of Mahi a Atua.  Mahi a Atua is an invitation and opportunity to remember that living on a frequency in tune with your atuatanga can empower you and those around you.  It is a lens through which to view and experience the world from te taiao Māori. 

In viewing the world this way, guided by mātauranga Māori and principles passed down through karakia, pūrākau and toi we can consider te ao hurihuri with an intrinsic light, one that cannot be tainted or colonised.   Principles and values within mātauranga Māori form an extensive framework and foundation which is reflected in the values and attributes practised by those engaged in Mahi a Atua. 

Mahi a Atua provides a direct link, through whakapapa in pūrākau, to the characteristics of our atua and tīpuna. Ultimately this connects us to our pre-colonised, pre-treaty, pre-suppressed sovereign selves.  Mahi a Atua is a framework that confronts, addresses and aims to indigenise spaces (both physical and mental) that have historically been designed and delivered by a colonised world view, where the perspectives and needs of indigenous knowledge and people have not been seen or valued. 

Mahi a Atua has been referred to as a ‘worldview’, a Māori paradigm, and an ontological transformation.  As a collective, those who engage in collective conversations using Mahi a Atua principles, are reclaiming and indigenising a unique way of ‘studying’ wisdom.  Māori creation and custom stories are the foundation from which we question, discuss and debate ideas about existence, knowledge, values, mind and language.   

Mahi a Atua promotes the inherent rights of indigenous peoples to indigenise all the spaces ‘we’ occupy.

Dr Ihirangi Heke

Dr Wayne Ngata


This keynote kōrero will discuss ancestral environmental knowledge as well as tribally centred physical activity and nutrition programmes. Dr Ihirangi Heke and Dr Wayne Ngata will also touch on using environmental signs and environmental reporting.

Dr Jessica Hutchings

Hua Parakore, Māori Soil and Food Sovereignty
Jessica will talk about her time as a practitioner of hua parakore and Māori soil and food sovereignty as outlined is her two published books ‘Te Mahi Māra Hua Parakore’ and ‘Te Mahi Oneone Hua Parakore.’


Lorinda Pereira

Whakatō Tupu Kūmara

This workshop will have an interactive focus on whakatō tupu kumara. Lorinda will share her whakaaro around mahinga kai, with a focus on kūmara, based on her lived experience in the small rural community of Panguru in the Hokianga. 

During this workshop Lorinda will delve into the whakapapa and navigational journey of kūmara in relation to food resilience & security. She will discuss planting to the maramataka, ngā tikanga o te mahinga kai, and practical applications of tradition. 

Her kōrero will also cover planting, storing, and keeping kūmara seed.

Kristina Cavit

Christine Russell

Te Aorangi Kowhai-Morini

The Kindness Institute

The Kindness Institute supports rangatahi to transform their hauora through mindfulness and mental wellbeing programmes. This session will include an overview of The Kindness Institute’s history and kaupapa before leading into rangatahi stories and their learnings. They will finish with a Yoga sequence and short meditation session so you can experience the kaupapa and its effects first hand.

Justin Gush

Aka Fitness and Health

“I am AKA, I am Fitness, I am Health, I am Culture, I am Pacific”

The AKA Fitness and Health program has taken many years of research to develop. Drawing substance from the broad expanse of Māori History, Cosmology, Navigation, Migration, Medicinal Remedies, Martial Arts, Hunting, Fishing, Conservation, and the Environment. AKA is based on the ancient genealogy of the Māori people, pertaining to the nights, Ngā Pō, and our emergence into the world of light, Te Ao Marama. Join our Manukura (instructor) through a session that focuses on the first stage, TE RURUKU A TINANA (similar to Tai Chi), which combines Tikanga Māori & Pūrākau with Te Hapai a Tū (martial arts). Go at your own pace as you’ll be guided through movements that help align our mind, body and soul with breathing, exercise while connecting with the Mouri of the environment.

Genae Thompson

Maintaining and developing whanaungatanga through digital technology

E kimi ana i ngā kāwai i toro ki tawhiti

Seek to establish relationships to rediscover yourself

As society and technology continue to change, we want to ensure that our mana and Māoritanga are resilient and enduring as we navigate a new normal. In order to do this, we need to understand how we can best use these digital tools and resources to enhance our ability to build and maintain relationships over time and space. This session will investigate some basic techniques and platforms that we can all use in our everyday lives in order to continue to grow and develo

Nikki Penetito-Hemara

Kōkirihia te kori 

Kori means to move, wriggle or play. It personifies people who are active, vibrant, and energetic and more importantly it gives us license to have fun and remember how to be kids again. Kori also represents a ‘movement’, a space of change and influence. One that is anchored in the taiao and draws inspiration from our traditional knowledge systems that nurtured us in the past and ensured the continuation of our whakapapa into the future.

This session focuses on kori and more broadly tākaro Māori. We will unlock insights around what tākaro Māori looked like in the past, what it means to whānau now and what we aspire it to look like in the future. It will be interactive in nature and promote consideration around your role in enabling and supporting tākaro Māori to flourish for whānau living in Aotearoa. 

Te Puawaitanga Winterburn-Chapman

Fit Wāhine

Puawai looks to discuss how and why she created Fit Wāhine – to strip away the hara, the barriers that we hold in our hinengaro, our tinana and in our wairua – for ourselves and our whānau to be well and thriving.  She will share what it took for her as a young māmā to make the decision to not only create a pathway for herself, but extend it to other wāhine. Puawai will talk about her journey creating herself and the kaupapa of Fit Wahine as a business, but more importantly, a model of manaakitanga in a time where we are not able to always be together a-tinana for hauora. This is a wairua filling kaupapa to be a part of.

Puawai’s workshop will consist of a kōrero about her journey and a 25min movement/low intensity/stretch session.

Rikki Solomon

Ngā Kitenga o te Maramataka: Insights into the Māramamataka

Tuia ki te rangi,
E rongo te Pō,
E rongo te Ao.

Rikki’s kaupapa is centered on Ngā Kitenga o te Maramataka: Insights into the Māramamataka.

In this workshop, Rikki will share insights on different tohu present during different phases of the māramataka that can support and align whānau to. Participants will gain an understanding of how to reconnect and readapt to this ancestral way of being.

Deb Rewiri

Tiakina te Tamaiti

“Tamariki are born through us or come to us to make us better people and If we are not learning from our Interactions with them it is likely they are not learning from us. Ako Is the underlying principle of such relationships and if we perceive ourselves to be the fonts of knowledge we miss the gifts brought to us by these Baby Ancestors.”

Join Whaea Debs as she shares her vast experience within the field of early childhood development as she delivers key neuroscience messages with a cultural lens.

Wiki Burdon and Raiha Johnson

He Pī Ka Rere

Teachers Raiha Johnson and Wikitoria Burdon of Waverley Park School in Invercargill, both descendants of Te Rarawa, are fierce advocates for te reo me ona tikanga Māori. They were first introduced to He Pī Ka Rere in 2018 by Darrio and the team at Toi Tangata and have been hooked ever since. 

The two teachers have brought the kaupapa into their school, using it with their tauira on a daily basis as well as during the weekly Ngā Taonga Māori Enrichment Programme – which has a Māori centric curriculum. 

The He Pī Ka Rere programme was so well received, Wiki and Raiha developed the Kaitiaki Programme where they train tamariki to become kaitiaki of the kaupapa, acting as tuākana across the school in the tuakana-teina model.

Wiremu Sarich

Te iho o ako ko tākaro: Play, learn, play some more 

Nau piki mai, nau kake mai, ki tenei wānanga takaro na taaua ano e hanga i roto ano i tāua. Kia toa takitini ai tetahi i tetahi mai te rangi ki te moana, moana ki te whenua, whenua ki te tangata, tangata ki the whei ao ki the ao marama, tihei mauri ora!

Ko te mana a te kupu ko te tapu o te kupu kei roto i a ia ano

Ta – takina to ara

Ka – ka marama koe ki taua ara

Ro – ka rongo

During this workshop Wiremu will be sharing his space at home in Kaitaia and some insights into taonga tākaro that we can implement at home and in the workplace.