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Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau 2021

Toi Tangata is excited to present the Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau 2021. For the first time, the annual hui will shift to an online event that will challenge participants to consider how their respective communities might best flourish and prosper based on traditional systems and mātauranga Māori.

Drawing on the theme of kia tū ko taikākā, this wānanga will explore ancestral knowledge as a means to relieve us from the burdens of today, and reveal a resilient and loving heart. 

The hui is an opportunity to share and celebrate kaupapa Māori approaches to wellbeing. Over each of the three days a range of thought-provoking kōrero, interactive workshops, and panels will be presented. Each of these contributions will challenge hui participants to consider the relevance and potential for the concept of kia tū ko taikākā to be applied across new and current initiatives that promote and encourage purposeful relationships with kai and kori within our communities.

Nō reira, e te iwi, nau mai, haere mai koutou kia tū kotahi ai tātou katoa ki te Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau 2021.

Tā Mātou Kaupapa | Theme

The Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau 2021 draws inspiration from the whakatauākī Ruia taitea, kia tū ko taikākā, ko ahau anake. This translates to strip away the sapwood, so that the heartwood remains, (even if it’s) me alone.  

The origins of this whakatauākī are in the taiao, the natural world. On a totara tree, the taitea is the outer white, or sapwood. Near the centre is the taikākā, or hardest wood. This whakatauāki can be understood as letting the heaviness and the reluctance leave, so the heartwood, our strength, may remain. This hui seeks to explore ways that contribute to the application of this kaupapa within contemporary Māori settings. 

He mea tiki ake tēnei kōrero i te pakanga i karangatia ai, ko Tāwharakurupēti, i roto mai o Rotorua. Nō te kitenga a Te Roro o te rangi, o Ngāti Whakaue, i te nui o ngā hoariri i te ope a Tamamutu, ka puta i a ia tēnei whakatauākī hei whakamanawa i tana ope: “Ruia taitea, kia tū taikākā ko ahau anake” 

Arā, hōrea atu te hunga māharahara, te hunga horokukū o te ope, kia noho mai ko mārohirohi mā. Nō reira e kapohia ana te whakaaro kia tīhorea atu ngā taumahatanga, ngā uauatanga e pīkau nei tātou, kia noho mai ai ko te kounga o te oranga. Nō reira koia tēnei, te tāhū mō tā tātou Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau 2021: “Kia tū ko taikākā” 

This adage was coined during the battle of Tāwharakurupēti in the Rotorua area. When Te Roro-o-te-Rangi of Ngāti Whakaue saw the number of enemies in the opposing war party of Tamamutu, he said, to encourage his warriors; “Ruia taitea, kia tū ko taikākā, ko ahau anake.” 

This can be translated as “Strip away the sapwood, so that the heartwood remains, (even if it’s) me alone.”

This can be interpreted as letting go of the things that no longer serve us and letting the resilient remain. We are drawing upon the concept of stripping away some of the burdens and difficulties that we may harbour, in the hope of enabling a richer quality of life. Thus, here is our theme for the Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau 2021, “Kia tū ko taikākā” 

Wānanga Ipurangi | Online Event

While this year’s hui remains traditional in respect to the quality and calibre of the kaikōreo and workshops, we have made the bold move to shift our hui to a fully online platform. In an attempt to adapt to the challenges that the current Covid19 pandemic presents and eliminate the risk of last minute disruptions to an event that requires months of preparation and planning, this seems to be the obvious decision. 

One of the highlights of any hui is whanaungatanga, the ability to connect with our peers and to be present ā tinana and ā wairua. When considering meaningful connection in an online presence, we hope we can navigate this by honouring the wānanga space and fostering connectedness by acknowledging all aspects of whakapapa and holding steadfast to tikanga Māori.  

Whakaurunga | Registrations

Registrations are now open and cost $25pp.

Kete Hui | Hui Pack

The kete hui, or hui pack, is our koha to you. You will find Toi Tangata kākahu, taputapu, and resources that are complementary to the kaikōrero and workshops, and should assist you in engaging and interacting with the activities. Please see them as a token of our appreciation to you for joining us in this online wānanga space.

Hōtaka | Programme

The hōtaka is available to view here. 

Kaikōrero | Presenters

Our Kaikōrero can be viewed here

Access our Marae Ātea (Keynote Speakers and panel)

Enter Te Waonui (Workshop sessions)

Please ensure you have Zoom video conferencing installed.

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