Important Update
Toi Ako Wananga cancelled

Kāore e ārikarika ngā mihi ki a koutou. Te Hiringa Hauora, mō koutou i amo ake i tā tātou kaupapa Toi Ako i tēnei tau. Mei kore ake koutou, kua kore ngā pae tawhiti o tēnei kaupapa e tata mai ki tāna e whai nei, nō mātou te māringanui. Hiringa kaupapa, hiringa tangata, hiringa hauora, kei te mihi!

Due to the Auckland Level 3 response, we have made the decision to cancel our upcoming Toi Ako wānanga. We expect that after the anticipated lockdown period, we will still see restriction levels in place and wish to keep all those travelling safe and well. 

We would like to thank all of our scheduled speakers and crew for the time and energy they have put into preparing for our wānanga.

If you have already bought tickets for the wānanga, you will be issued a refund in the following days.

Thank you for your understanding. Please contact info@toitangata.co.nz if there are any pātai or concerns. 

Nā te whānau o Toi Tangata


Toi Ako Wānanga 2021

Every year Toi Tangata delivers a large workforce development hui to the wider nutrition and physical activity workforce with a particular focus on Māori models.

With the recent departure of our CEO, Megan Tunks, and to minimise risks associated with Covid, Toi Tangata has made the decision to reframe the Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau for 2021.

In 2021 Toi Tangata will now be holding two Toi Ako Wānanga in the place of the Hui ā Tau (Annual Conference), running back to back on Thursday 18 February 2021 in Kāwhia and Friday 19 February 2021 in Hamilton.

Toi Tangata invites you to our upcoming Toi Ako Wānanga, held in February in Kāwhia and Kirikiriroa (Hamilton) respectively. Toi Ako ki Kāwhia will commence on Thursday 18 February 2021 at 8.30am and conclude at 4.00pm. Toi Ako ki Kirikiriroa will commence Friday 19 February 2021 at 9.00am and conclude at 3.00pm.

Tangaroa Ara Rau

The theme of Tangaroa Ara Rau covers the two Toi Ako Wānanga events. But although they share a theme and are intrinsically connected kaupapa, these are two separate events which can be attended as standalone hui or consecutively if you choose.

Grounding our knowledge and experiences of water bodies, Tangaroa Ara Rau invites us to look at the many pathways of Tangaroa. In the ways that Tangaroa sits in relation to the moon, moving the tides in and out, Tangaroa is depicted as the Atua of human movement, as water constitutes 80% of the human body. On the other hand, Tangaroa Ara Rau draws from the longer whakataukī, ‘Ko Tangaroa Ara Rau, ka kaheko te tuna i aku ringa’ an ode to kai, and the urgency with which we must reclaim ancestral food practices.

As the Toi Ako Wānanga ki Kāwhia is incorporating the kaupapa of waka hourua, the theme speaks to the many voices of Tangaroa, connecting us to the ocean and its mercurial forces while also expressing our focus on physical activity. At this Toi Ako Wānanga, participants will get the opportunity to take part in a waka hourua experience with master voyager, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr. Here he will also share his knowledge and whakaaro around whakatere waka.

Toi Ako ki Kirikiriroa Wānanga has more of a focus on kai oranga and Māori systems thinking with renowned speakers, including Dr Isaac Warbrick and Pania Newton, and a workshop with Kāhui Māori. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from the upcoming generation of the nutrition and physical activity workforce as well as take part in the launch of an exciting new kai resource.

These two Toi Ako Wānanga are 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.

Numbers have been capped at 40 participants for Toi Ako ki Kāwhia, to accommodate for the waka hourua workshop and 50 participants for Toi Ako ki Kirikiriroa.

Registrations are now open