The countdown has begun and November is just around the corner, so whānau these will be the last Te Pānui Rūnaka updates until Hui-ā-Iwi kicks off on 20-22 November in Ōtepoti.

In preparation for the three-day festival here’s some more information to get you and your whānau ready for Hui-ā-Iwi. We still need volunteers, so if you would like to volunteer please go to the Ngāi Tahu website and fill out a registration form; or for all other enquiries please email the events team: [email protected]

Whānau please remember:

  • To keep an eye on tamariki at all times
  • To bring cash for the kai and market stalls
  • Hui-ā-Iwi is a smoke, alcohol and drug-free event.

Open forum questions

On the last day of Hui-ā-Iwi (Sunday 22 November) at 11am-1pm there will be an open forum with Te Rūnanga senior leadership. Whānau are encouraged to come along to kōrero and listen to the speakers.

If you or any of your whānau have questions for our leadership team please register them by emailing
[email protected] prior to the forum. Whānau will be able to email questions on the day but to avoid missing out get your pātai in early.


Hui-ā-Iwi will be a hive of activity with stalls to inform, entice and interest you. We are unsure if stalls will have eftpos, so please bring cash.

Wānanga (throughout Hui-ā-Iwi)

We have an excellent programme of wānanga and presentations, so much so that you may find it hard to choose where to spend your time. Whānau can expect to look forward to presentations from the Ngāi Tahu teams behind Whai Rawa, Tribal Economies and Strategy and Influence.

Learn more about the fine skills involved in creating tā moko, raranga, mōkihi and manu tukutuku. Be inspired by whānau experiences in everything from birthing tradition to archaeology; and explore your creative-self by participating in arts, writing, whakapapa and dance workshops.

The Hui-ā-Iwi Showcase

On Saturday 21 November, from 9am-10pm you will be entertained by Ngāi Tahu talent on-stage in the wharenui. Whānau can expect kapa haka, singing, dancing, band and spoken word performances. We have several main acts that will make you want to attend this show like the Modern Māori Quartet, Ria Hall, Maisey Rika, Beau Monga & Crew, Troy Kingi, Rob Ruha and He Waka Kōtuia. At 4pm the Dunedin RSA choir and local stars will present a stage performance to commemorate 100 years since WW1. Check out the main programme online for more information – we will also be providing printed programmes at the beginning of Hui-ā-Iwi.

Special presentations (throughout Hui-ā-Iwi)

Festival-goers will hear from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu representatives during the official report back after our pōwhiri and kai hākari on Friday, and then have your say in the open forum before the poroporoaki and kai on Sunday.

As well as that, get all nostalgic at the Friday night film archive show presented by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision; learn more about navigation and the migration theory at the Saturday 1pm presentation/discussion featuring Atholl Anderson, Hoturoa Kerr and Tahu Pōtiki; and be wowed by the cultural mapping work of the Ngāi Tahu Archives team.


A special space has been allocated for kaumātua to rest and relax during our three-day hui. Rolling cups of tea and light refreshments will be served and the space will be open throughout Hui-ā-Iwi. Please see this area on the maps provided in the official booklet. We have two drop-off points at either entrance for kaumātua and volunteers will be on-site to lend a helping hand.

Also, on Sunday morning kaumātua will be served a delicious breakfast from 8.30-9.30am.


Our rangatahi space is on the top floor and is designed to be a welcoming and relaxed environment. Tuakana will be dedicated to manning the space to ensure rangatahi are linked to the programmed events so they know what’s going on and when.

Also, a rangatahi focussed concert will headline the Hui-ā-Iwi Showcase in the main hall.

Venue (Dunedin Town Hall)

  • Please use the main Dunedin Town Hall entrance on to Moray place. There are pick-up and drop-off zones at both entrances but the main entrance should primarily be used
  • Please use these parks like an airport drop-off zone and then continue to go and find a parking space for the remainder of the day
  • An information centre is situated at each entrance, so grab a programme, get directions and information, and meet one of the locals who will help to guide you in the right direction
  • There are no cash machines at the venue but they can be found on George Street just around the corner
  • Water coolers and cups will be supplied at the venue
  • We are keen to reduce the amount of waste and landfill at Hui-ā-Iwi, so we ask that you please use the recycling stations provided.

Car parking and shuttle rides

  • On Friday and Saturday, we will provide free parking just a 10 minute bus ride away on Victoria Road next door to the Dunedin ice skating rink
  • Free GO Bus rides from Victoria Road to the venue will be provided regularly, so you can park-up in a safe place and leave your car behind
  • There are also many options for pay parking closer to the venue and remember all city car parking is free after 6pm and all day on Sunday.

For more Hui-ā-Iwi updates visit our website, Facebook page, and Twitter and Instagram accounts. Also, we have developed a free Hui-ā-Iwi app with Ariki Creative. You can download this at either the Apple or Android online app store. This app will be handy during Hui-ā-Iwi and you’ll be able to join the live wall #TAHU2015 – it’s awesome give it a go.

Our hosts, Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou, Te Rūnanga o Moeraki and Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki have been working hard to organise this hui, and they are looking forward to welcoming you all to the south for the second Hui-ā-Iwi – nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai.