The Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau 2019 will take place in Tutukaka and Ngunguru in the rohe of Ngātiwai, from Monday 4 – Wednesday 6 of March 2019.  Located on the east coast of te Tai Tokerau, the Hui ā Tau is an annual event which helps provide focus and traction for the workforce on the positive kai, wai and kori tinana outcomes for our communities.

The theme Navigate, Innovate, Elevate draws inspiration from the preparation and journeys our ancestors took, to the journeys of our contemporary leaders, navigating the various systems and approaches. It highlights the need to innovate for the evolving world and elevate our people so they can flourish.  

The whakatauki ‘he moana pukepuke e ekengia e te waka, a choppy sea can be navigated by a waka’ also reflects this theme, acknowledging the changing and challenging environment that we currently find ourselves in and how it can be navigated by collaboration, innovation and strategy. The waka encapsulates the long history of Māori as ocean voyagers, navigators, and innovators and is a great symbol of commitment and kotahitanga.

The Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau 2019 provides an opportunity to connect Iwi and health promoters, Māori academics, tertiary students, community leaders, youth workers, teachers, policy makers, researchers, independent businesses and health practitioners from across the motu for kaupapa Māori practices to be promoted, shared and developed.

The event offers two and a half days of thought-provoking kōrero, interactive workshops, structured physical activities and pecha kucha style presentations, which will challenge how we can successfully navigate these current times to build a resilient, prosperous and sustainable future through mātauranga Māori approaches.  

With an exciting line-up of keynote speakers and workshop presenters, their contributions will challenge hui participants to consider ways in which we can move towards a future involving Māori systems thinking, moe, Kai Māori Kai Ora, kori tinana and digital innovation while being equipped to respond to the changing times in a way that enables Māori to prosper and flourish in a changing world as Māori.


Moe Milne
Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi
Dr Ihirangi Heke
Chelsea Cunningham
Ngāti Kahungunu
Megan Tunks
Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Te Whakatōhea
Lee Timutimu
Ngai te Rangi, Ngati Awa
Joby Hopa
Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Hinerangi, Ngāpuhi
Chanel Phillips
Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi
Dr Anna Rolleston
Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Pukenga
Hana Tapiata
Tuhourangi, Ngāti Porou, Pākeha
Raniera Rewiri
Plantbased Māori
Te Whakatohea, Tūhoe, Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi
4 MARCH 2019 - 6 MARCH 2019

11.30am - 12.30pm


Whangarei, NZ


Thought provoking kōrero


Register today!


We have an exciting line up for the Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau 2019!


11.30am Powhiri

12.30pm Kai and registration

1.15pm MC introduction | Joby Hopa

1.30pm  #ToiTere | Whanaungatanga

2.30pm Keynote Speaker 1
Dr Anna Rolleston | The Centre for Health (Tauranga)
Kai Ora: What does a healthy, nutrition life mean for whanau in 2019?

3.30pm Paramanawa | Afternoon Tea

3.45pm Keynote Speaker 2
Dr Chanel Phillips
Māori water safety approaches

4.30pm LIPPS for Kai | Far North Cooperation for Collective Impact

5.15pm Workshops Round 1
Waka Ama (practical activity) | Ngaire Rae
Rangatahi Tu Rangatira
He Pikinga Waiora

6.30pm Kai o te Po | Dinner

7.30pm Ngā kōrero o Ngātiwai

Wā whakatā, wā whakawhanaunga


7.00am Karakia

7.30am Parakuihi | Breakfast (for those staying at the marae)

8.45am MC Kōrero | Joby Hopa

9.00am Keynote Speakers 3
Milne Whanau | Moe, Koha and Tukaha
Whanau approaches to Māori wellbeing

10.30am Paramanawa | Morning tea

10.45am Workshops 2 (60 minutes)
Toi Tangata ShowcaseGrowing the Puna / Workforce Development
Whanau Nutrition Messages | Erina Korohina

11.45am Keynote Speaker
Raniera Rewiri | Plantbased Māori
Food conscious Māori – a plant based approach for transformative change

12.45pm Kai o te ranui | Lunch

1.30pm Keynote Speakers
Megan Tunks
Emerging Disruptive Technology (EDT)
Lee Timutimu | Arataki+ Ltd
Digital innovation for wellbeing
Chelsea Cunningham
Using virtual technology and GPS to engage whanau in the environment

3.00pm Workshops Round 3 (1 hour)
NZ Waka Ama participation and healthy lifestyles researchNgaire Rae and  | Fructose in Schools Study | Corbin Whanga Katipa
A wairua centred approach | Healthy Families Manukau, Manurew-Papakura | andMāori indigenous systems to ensure oranga in West Auckland continues to thrive |  Healthy Families Waitakere

4.00pm Paramanawa | Afternoon Tea

4.15pm Workshops Round 4 (1 hour 30 minutes)
GPS / Digital and Practical | Chelsea Cunningham
Waka Ama practical session | Ngaire Rae & Carmen Hetaraka
Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho | Dr Ihirangi Heke

6.00pm Kai o te Po | Dinner
Wā whakatā, wā whakawhanaunga


7.00am Karakia

7.05am Parakuihi | Breakfast
(Pack up and farewell from marae)

8.30am MC Korero | Joby Hopa

8.35am Keynote Speaker
Hana Tapiata |Pūrākau – more than just a story
Hēmi Kapa Kingi | Discussant

10.00am Paramanawa | Morning Tea

10.20am Keynote Speaker 5
Dr Ihirangi Heke | Removing ‘humans’ from ‘health’ through Māori environmental physical activity

11.30am Future focus
Discussion session on key areas for future focus and advocacy priorities

12.00pm Closing karakia

12.30pm Hinemoana and Tangaroa Workshop to Poor Knights (Perfect Day trip)
Carmen Hetaraka and Dive Tutukaka
NB This is a separate, paid workshop to the Hui ā Tau and in conjunction with Dive Tutukaka, Ngātiwai and Toi Tangata

Toi Tangata reserves the right to change the programme at any time.

Scholarships available

We have a small number of scholarships available for the conference registration fee.

Hinemoana & Tangaroa

This will be a workshop to learn about the history of the area with a kaikōrero from Ngātiwai.

Want to present with us?

We invite you to send in a 60 second video proposal for a workshop or presentation.


Standard Pass

Full conference access
Kai all days (excludes marae breakfast)



Standard Pass + Accommodation

Full conference access
Kai all days
Accommodation at Ngunguru Marae


Premium Pass

Full conference access
Kai all days (excludes marae breakfast)
Hinemoana & Tangaroa Workshop


Premium Pass + Accommodation

Full conference access
Kai all days
Accommodation at Ngunguru Marae
Hinemoana & Tangaroa Workshop



Ngunguru Marae

Stay onsite at the Ngunguru Marae, located in Ngunguru at 60 Waiotai Road. Be in quick though, spaces are limited to 50 on a first in first served basis.

Quality Hotel Oceans Tutukaka

100% owned by Ngātiwai Trust Board, Quality Hotel Oceans Tutukaka is a 4 minute drive from Ngunguru and a great accommodation option for hui participants.

Tutukaka Holiday Park

A 5 minute drive from Ngunguru, the Tutukaka Holiday Park offers a selection of self-contained cabins, standard cabins, and powered or non-powered camp sites for the adventurous!


Ngunguru Marae


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