Ā hea: Friday 20 November – Sunday 22 November
Kai hea: The Dunedin Town Hall.

E te tī, e te tā, karaka mai, maraka mai. Hui-ā-Iwi is just over four months away and we are all getting excited. Where has the time gone, nē? We hope that you are all busy planning your trip to Otago and have got your accommodation sorted.

Plans are really coming together for Hui-ā-Iwi 2015. Hosts for this year’s festival – Te Rūnanga o Moeraki, Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou and Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki are in preparation mode, and they are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the deep south for this special event.

Whānau and festival-goers, rest assured there will be something for everyone – young and old. Sing-a-long with the talent on the town hall stage, participate in wānanga, listen to kōrero on different Ngāi Tahu kaupapa, relax in the break-out zones, feast at the kai stall or browse the market stalls for taonga.

Activities, especially for tamariki, rangatahi and kaumātua are confirmed, so there will be something for everybody who attends.

We are also running bus and walking tours throughout Hui-ā-Iwi. These tours will showcase the city as it is now, and as it was. Whānau can also take time to explore and visit Dunedin’s museums and library and art gallery under their own steam.

Venue location

The venue for Hui-ā-Iwi 2015 is smack-bang in the middle of Dunedin. We have booked the Dunedin Town Hall complex and the Octagon, which are both at the heart of the city. The town hall complex is big, bright and warm, with state of the art technology on every floor.

Dunedin Town Hall.

Dunedin Town Hall.

Performers and stall holders

Our programme is full of opportunities to showcase your skills and brilliance. We know Ngāi Tahu has talent – we want you to get involved. Performers are starting to register, so kia kūrapa whānau and make sure you are the one holding a wānanga or one of the acts on-stage. If you are keen to contribute or have a stall at Hui-ā-Iwi get in touch with us. Application forms are on our website or email [email protected]

Funding news

Exciting news whānau – The Ngāi Tahu Fund have announced a special Hui-ā-Iwi funding round for those with whānau cultural projects in mind. Applications up to the amount of $30,000.00 will be considered by the Ngāi Tahu Funds Committee, so get your ideas to them by Friday, 14 August and let’s see if they can help to support your kaupapa. Phone 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248) for application details.

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Kaimahi and volunteers

We are now looking for people to volunteer at Hui-ā-Iwi. We need people to mind the venue, help with car parking, performance and programme assistants, kaimahi for the hākari – the list goes on. There are some fun roles on offer, so if you’re keen to help out email Kitty today: [email protected]

To keep up-to-date with more Hui-ā-Iwi information look out for the next issue of Te Pānui Rūnaka, visit the Ngāi Tahu website; or our Facebook page. Feel free to get in touch with us, we’d love to hear from you.