Ko ngā hau ki ētahi wāhi, ko ngā kai ki Ōrariki.
E ngā uri o Te Ruahikihiki, o Moki, nāia te mihi manahau ki a koutou katoa i runga i te kaupapa nui o te Hui-ā-Iwi. Ko whakawātea te wāhi kia whatua ngā aho tūpuna o te whare. Nō reira, e ngā tohunga o te manaaki, kai te mihi, kai te mihi, kai te mihi.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at Hui-ā-Iwi whānau. If you haven’t already got your plans in place for Hui-ā-Iwi, which is happening over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday (23-25 November), it is not too late and all the details you need to get to the Lincoln Events Centre (just outside of Christchurch) can be found in the booklet included with this edition of Te Pānui Rūnaka. Lincoln is only 20km from the centre of Christchurch and about 12km from Hornby so there are a great deal of accommodation options available, including options at Lincoln. Again, you will find more information inside the booklet.This year’s hui starts with a formal pōwhiri at 11am on Friday 23 November.

Some of you may still be wondering why we have not called this event Hui-ā-Tau. This is because at every annual hui we have sought feedback and you have consistently told us that whanaungatanga, connecting with each other and renewing our relationships, is the key ingredient for an awesome hui. This has been the driver for a new three-year format cycle where we have a large whanau festival – Hui-ā-Iwi – once every three years which allows us to really focus on whanaungatanga in a big way, celebrating what it is that makes us Ngāi Tahu. Organising something like this takes a huge amount of resource so in the intervening years we will return to a Hui-ā-Tau format.
This year we can look forward to some unique programme elements with a focus on showcasing some of our best Ngāi Tahu talent, including our musicians, visual artists, entertainers and kapa haka exponents. The last time I checked, we already had 10 marae-based kapa haka groups scheduled to perform.
At any one time, there will be different activities to choose from. Along with the entertainment happening on the main stage, a number of our artists are planning to hold workshops and there will be a marketplace operating from midday Friday until the close of the event on Sunday afternoon. Also, Sunday is our big sports day with fun activities for all ages.

Another change from previous years is that there will be a hākari immediately after the pōwhiri but after that kai for the rest of the weekend is either bring your own picnic, or purchase kai from the many and varied stalls.

There will also be a brief report back from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu on Friday after the hākari.