Hui Taumata

Hui Taumata 2024

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The kaupapa for Hui Taumata 2024 comes from our hosts, Ngā Pōtiki:

Ngā pāpaka o Rangataua
He paruparu te kai
He taniwha ngā tāngata
The crabs of Rangataua; They eat mud; And have the boldness of demigods

The people of Rangataua are compared to taniwha and pāpaka.  The pāpaka live in the paru (mud) of Rangataua for survival.  The underlying kōrero is that no matter what situations arise or what affects the people of Rangataua they will survive.  Thus, while Ngā Pōtiki have suffered raupatu (confiscation), we remain and we will endure.  The paruparu to sustain the iwi is mātauranga Ngā Pōtiki (Ngā Pōtiki knowledge).

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Wednesday 31 July - Friday 2 August, 2024

Hōtaka | Programme

Kaikōrero | Speakers

We look forward to learning with you in 2024. Our kaikōrero (from both Aotearoa and Australia) will appear here as they are confirmed.

Tina Ngata

Ngati Porou

Tina Ngata is a Ngati Porou mother of two from the East Coast of Te Ika a Maui. Tina’s work involves advocacy for environmental, Indigenous, and human rights. This includes local, national, and international initiatives that highlight the role of settler colonialism in issues such as climate change and waste pollution and promote Indigenous conservation as best practice for a globally sustainable future.

Kuru Ketu

Taiao Consultant, Ngāti Hāua Iwi Trust

Tūwahretoa, Maniapoto, Ngāti Hāua, Waikato

Kuru was previously an Associate at McCaw Lewis Lawyers before leaving in November 2023 to work for his Iwi, Ngāti Hāua as a Taiao Consultant.  He now engages in environmental/resource management /Treaty Settlement matters at the coal face on behalf of his iwi.  His extensive experience in Māori legal issues, particularly the intersect between Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tikanga with legislation and other RMA planning instruments, has seen him appear in all forums as an advocate for Māori including the Māori Land Court, Waitangi Tribunal, Select Committee, the Environment Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Kuru is also an Independent Hearings Commissioner and has acted as a Panel Member under the Fast-Track Consenting Act 2020, as well as taking on other roles with the Environmental Legal Assistance Fund for the Ministry for the Environment and various Māori Land Trusts.

Thomas Mayo

Assistant National Secretary, Maritime Union of Australia

Thomas Mayo is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander man who lives on Larrakia land in Darwin. He is the elected Assistant National Secretary of the MUA, a best selling author, essayist, orator and a signatory to the Uluru Statement from the Heart. His advocacy and leadership in the push for the rights and recognition of Indigenous peoples spans over twenty  years. Thomas is currently serving on the board of Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Dyonne Anderson

President, NATSIPA; CEO, Stronger Smarter Institute; Substantive Principal, Cabbage Tree Island Public School

Dyonne Anderson is a proud Githabul woman. She has over 26 years' experience with the New South Wales Department of Education. She has worked in various roles and locations throughout NSW, as a principal, classroom teacher, curriculum advisor and consultant. Ms Anderson was appointed the CEO of the Stronger Smarter Institute in May 2023 where she previously served as Chief Operations Officer. Dyonne is President of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Principals' Association (NATSIPA), and represents NATSIPA on the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) National Advisory Committee and various other national bodies. Dyonne was a member of the Federal Education Minister's Review to Inform a Better and Fairer Education System, the report was launched in 2023. Dyonne is passionate about enabling First Nations led educational solutions that are co-designed in collaboration with First Nations students and communities.

Hōtaka | Programme

Our full hōtaka will appear here when ready. Some detail you need to be aware of:

Tuesday 30 July

  • 2:30 - 5:30pm: Registration open Our pakihi stalls will be open as well as some nibbles provided. Come along!

Wednesday 31 July

  • 8:45am: Pōwhiri - Mangatawa Marae - 46 Tareha Lane, Kairua
  • Kaikōrero: Colin Reeder/Spencer Webster (mana whenua); Thomas Mayo (Australia)
  • 5:00pm: Mihi, kihi & kai (nibbles)

Thursday 1 August

  • 8:30am: He wā tīmata (Start time)
  • Kaikōrero: Kuru Ketu (Aotearoa); Panel kōrero (Australia)
  • 12:00pm: AGM
  • 1:00pm: Whenua visits
  • 6:30pm: Dinner & entertainment

Friday 2 August

  • 9:00am: He wā tīmata (Start time)
  • Kaikōrero: Tina Ngata (Aotearoa); Dyonne Anderson (Australia)
  • 12:30pm: Whakakapi (wrap and finish)
  • Please note - we have kaikōrero on Friday, so please plan to leave at the end of the Hui Taumata!
Mahi Wehe | Breakout Sessions

We will have several breakout sessions on offer for Hui Taumata 2024. This information will appear here as it comes to hand. If you are interested in running abreakout session, please see the information below and email

The crabs of Rangataua; They eat mud; And have the boldness of demigods

The people of Rangataua are compared to taniwha and pāpaka.  The pāpaka live in the paru (mud) of Rangataua for survival.  The underlying kōrero is that no matter what situations arise or what affects the people of Rangataua they will survive.  Thus, while Ngā Pōtiki have suffered raupatu (confiscation), we remain and we will endure.  The paruparu to sustain the iwi is mātauranga Ngā Pōtiki (Ngā Pōtiki knowledge).

The theme of our hui taumata draws from this whakatauki (proverb) and focuses on indigenous survival and sustainability - transforming from surviving to thriving.  We invite breakout sessions that emphasise indigenous resistance and connect with the themes of surviving, sustaining and transforming to thriving.

Feedback from our previous hui taumata indicates that delegates want engaging breakout sessions that are interactive and dialogic workshops.  They prefer this kind of  learning as opposed to presenters transmitting lots of information without opportunities for dialogue and collective sense-making.  Sessions should also challenge delegates to take ‘actions’ that make a positive difference for indigenous communities.

General Information

Wāhi | Venue

We will be located at Mercury Baypark, Tauranga Moana. Baypark is located at 81 Turman Lane, Mount Maunganui. We will be mainly located in the Stadium Lounge, circled on the map below.

Please see information on bus transportation we will be providing to the venue.

Wāhi Noho | Accommodation

We are pleased to have received discounts at several hotels within a 10 minute walk from the bus pick up zone.

Details of these hotels and how to book are below. Please note that you will need to book your own accommodation. If you decide to book accommodation outside of this vicinity, please make sure you also have either your own transportation or a rental car.

Trinity Wharf Tauranga

Trinity Wharf hotel guests will enjoy a tranquil and stylish home away from home, complete with room service, fluffy bath robes and heated floor tiles in every room. Trinity Wharf Tauranga is pleased to provide you with an exclusive 15% off Promotional Code. We would be delighted to welcome you to our family-owned Waterfront hotel.

Booking online


Input the code: TEAKATEA

Your discounted rate will be automatically be applied to all of our available room categories

Alternatively, the following link will automatically apply your rate on our website: Trinity Wharf Website - Click here

Booking by phone or email

Our reservations team can be contacted by phone or email.

Phone: 07 577 8702


Please quote TEAKATEA and our team will apply your discounted accommodation rate to any of our available room categories.

Hotel on Devonport

Hotel on Devonport is a boutique hotel with an emphasis on style, service and comfort. Located in downtown Tauranga, all rooms have balconies and views of the inner city or upper harbour.

Booking by email

Please contact our reservations team by email.


Please quote TE AKATEA and our team will apply your discounted accommodation rate to any of our available room categories.

Available room types and rates are:

Deluxe rooms $220 per room per night

Executive Rooms $230 per room per night

Family rooms $230 per room per night

Suite $240 per room per night

Harbour View room $250 per room per night

Premium Harbour View room $280 per room per night

Quest Tauranga Central

Quest Tauranga Central offers 42 airy and comfortable serviced apartments, complete with air conditioning and kitchen facilities to make it simple to create a ‘home away from home’.

Quest Tauranga Central is offering discounted room rates for Te Akatea in 2024 over the dates Tuesday 30 July - Friday 2 August (longer by arrangement)

Booking online

Visit the Quest Tauranga Central website

Click 'Have a promo code or corporate code'

Enter the code QTGANZMPA2024

Your discount will then be applied to all room rates.

Quest on Durham

Quest on Durham features 29 light-filled serviced apartments, with terraces and balconies helping you soak up the last of those rays each day, while our gym and sauna will have those muscles relaxed in no time.

Quest on Durham is offering discounted room rates for Te Akatea in 2024.

Booking online

Visit the Quest Tauranga Central website

Click 'Have a promo code or corporate code'

Enter the code TEAKATEA01

Your discount will then be applied to all room rates.

Reti Waka | Car Rental
If you are going to stay somewhere other than Tauranga, you may wish to hire a car.

Below are the companies, discount codes and amounts we have secured.

Ezi Car Rentals:

Please book via the website and use code DRIVEEZI36 for 10% off the rental daily rate.

Bus Transportation

For those attendees staying in Tauranga, there will be bus transportation to and from the venue. Details of pick up points etc will appear here closer to the Hui Taumata.


Are Earlybird discounts available?

Āe - if you register before 31 March, you will receive an Earlybird discount of $50. Please use the code EARLYBIRD when you register to attend.

Is there a discount if I am bringing a group of kaiako/kaimahi?

Please contact us at if you have 3 or more staff attending and we will provide you with a group discount code.

Is the Thursday evening dinner included in the ticket price?

Āe - as we place high value on whakawhanaungatanga, anyone who registers for the Hui Taumata has a dinner ticket included.

Is there parking available?

Āe - there is plenty of parking available if you are bringing your own vehicle.

Kaitautoko | Sponsorship



Starting out in 1934, Furnware has been creating spaces to learn and grow by designing and building high-performing, innovative school furniture so children can thrive in the most inspiring learning spaces imaginable. We are passionate about education and consider students our most important customers. We research, design, and build school furniture that’s flexible, mobile and multipurpose. Most of all, it’s functional and performs in the classroom improving student comfort and concentration.

Visit their website here.

New Era Technology

New Era Technology have been partnering with kura across the length and breadth of Aotearoa for more than 25 years. With mātauranga drawn from the experience of supporting 400+ kura across our motu, our passion is finding ICT network, hardware and software solutions that work for your kaiako, ākonga, and kaiwhakahaere alike. New Era Technology are proud to support the commitment that Te Akatea continues to make towards the betterment of educational outcomes for our tamariki and rangatahi Māori across Aotearoa, by sponsoring Te Hui Taumata for 2024.

Visit their website here.

Pakihi | Business stalls

Pakihi attending
Our Pakihi attending will appear here as they are confirmed - start saving!

Whatu Creative

He pakihi Māori e whakatairanga ana i ngā toi Māori.

Visit their website here.

Irie Art

Irie Art has an array of custom-made kakahu and house wear. We have a vey open and full amount of stock ranging from home decor to clothing, earrings and baby clothing.

Visit their facebook page here.


Kākahu Māori - He whakarākei i ngā ira huatau rirerire me ōna momo katoa.

Visit their website here.

Kawakawa Spa

We offer both product and service, tapping into our whakapapa engrained through our tupuna and the land we reside on.

Visit their website here.

Wiks Candles

Enrich spaces, places and occasions with of our culturally inspired candles and scented range. Wiks offers the timeless combination of quality products infused with Matauranga Māori. Nau mai ki Wiks.

Visit their website here.

Ahu Boutique

Māori inspired clothing, gifts and jewelry.

Visit their website here.

Te Whare o Mere

Te reo māori greeting cards.

Visit their website here.

Awhi Company

Māori deisgned pēpi wraps, pēpi blankets & throws.

Visit their website here.

XMT Creations

At XMT Creations we're passionate about creating educational Māori resources for the home and the classroom.

View their website here.

Tiare Dickson - Tā Moko

Ringa Tā Moko - Artist - Designer

Ngāi Te Rangi - Ngāti Ranginui - Ngāti Awa

View their Instagram here.

Kōrari Collective

Mahi Toi by Darlene Walters.

Traditionally harvested, prepped, dyed, and woven following Tikanga.

View their Instagram here.

Ake Ake Ake

Ake Ake Ake is a brand that encompasses our cultural identity as Māori and aims to connect and unify our people to stand in their own Mana Motuhake and Tino Rangatiratanga.

View their Instagram here.

Mahi toi by Erana James

The power of the implied line. Hand drawn line art inspired by Te Ao Māori.

View Erana's Instagram here.


Nichola contemporary Māori inspired kākahu, jewellery and accessories.

View their website here.

Te Tauranga Toi

Te Tauranga Toi is Aotearoa's newest online Māori art gallery, with authentic artworks by emerging and established artists who share whakapapa or connection to Tauranga Moana. Te Tauranga Toi is also the home of Tino Rangatiratanga on behalf of Linda Munn.

View their website here.

Whare Taonga

He Whare Whakairo Taonga Māori.

Visit their Instagram here.

Piiki Whara Ltd.

Taonga Maori specialising in crystal mediums

View their website here.

Soil & Sand Clothing

Māori infused kākahu designed in Aotearoa.

View their website here.

L. Eyes & Co.

The ability to express our culture and the values that are important to us at L.EYES & Co which is why we have created our beautiful collections of sunglasses, hats, bags, and clothing. We want to enable Māori and tangata tiriti to be able to hono and embrace the expression of Māori mana motuhake in any space they walk through.

View their website here.

Mitchell Vincent Collection

Sharing the story of Aotearoa kākahu and taongo. At Mitchell Vincent Collection, we design ready-to-wear clothing and accessories that share a premium Māori story to the world.

View their website here.

Register your Pakihi

If you are interested in attending our Hui Taumata with a stall, please register here and we will be in touch.

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