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Arahura – Hui ā-tau 2023

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Ka tū tō tātou hui ki te rohe o Arahura. Nau mai, haere mai ki te marae o Ngāti Waewae ki Te Tai Poutini. Ko te kaupapa nei ia, ko Ahakoa he iti he pounamu.

Te Tai o Poutini region warmly invites you to the beautiful Westcoast for Te Rōpū Whakahau 2023 Professional Development hui at Arahura.  

Although it is small, it is pounamu – a fitting theme for this year’s hui-a-tau in the heart of te Tai Poutini, the home of pounamu. As even though something may appear small or unimportant, it should not be underestimated as it can hold great value or significance. 


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DATE: 16 – 19 October 2023

VENUE: Arahura Marae

THEME: Ahakoa he iti he pounamu

COST: $650.00 incl GST

This includes 3 night’s stay at Arahura Marae and Kai being catered by Westland District High School and Greymouth High School.

There are very few professional / indigenous development opportunities for Māori engaged in libraries, culture, knowledge, information, communication and systems technology in Aotearoa New Zealand.  The biggest gap are those that can continue to foster leadership, gain knowledge of Māori best practise and align professional skills to Māori paradigms.  Success for the participant will be the rejuvenation of the wairua (spirit / soul), hinengaro (mind) and tinana (body).

The hui ā-tau is held on the marae, where rekindling the spirit is a natural process by placing the employee in that environment to awaken their senses of ‘Māori knowing’.  It is an environment in which peer learning is encouraged, but one’s own willingness to share is crucial to good outcomes to the participant.  Participation and contribution of knowledge is important to the development of whare taonga and whare matauranga and its work with communities as well as its own organisations.  The hui-ā- tau promotes national leaders in the sector with skills and experiences to share.  

We will also be utilising the LIANZA Professional Registration Body of Knowledge 1-11, read more here.

It is through leadership and continual support that ensures kaimahi of the information sector is able to activate ‘our’ commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi as well as relate kaupapa Māori theories and practice into the working environment.


Our programme includes: Haukāinga highlighting key aspects of the marae, local activities such as visiting the Arahura awa, historical sites within Mawhera and kupenga weaving.  We will arrange transfers from Hokitika Airport to Arahura Marae and back.

Rāhina: Phase of the Moon: Tirea (Energy level: low)  

“A reasonably good day for crayfishing.” Lower energy days can be an opportunity for rest, self-reflection, and taking things at a slower pace. It’s a good time to recharge both physically and mentally. 

Tide: 12.11am HT, 6.23am LT, 12.32pm, 6.36 LT 

Rāhina 16th Whiringa-ā-nuku Ko te Rā tuatahi / Day 1  
9:30 am PICKUP ONE:  Hokitika Airport  Hokitika Town Centre: Visit Traditional Jade Factory a locally owned small family business who are of Ngāi Tahu decent and look around the town centre, Westland District Library until time to head out to Arahura for Pōwhiri.  
11.20 am  Travel to Arahura Marae (10 minutes from Hokitika) 
12:00 pm Gather at marae 
Pōwhiri to start   Kāinga | Home of Ngāti Waewae | Arahura | Ngāti Waewae – Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae (   
1:15 pm Kapu tī, light lunch  
Make our beds and registrations. 
H&S announcements (covid19) 
2:00 pm Hitori  
3:00 pm Mihimihi    
6:00 pm Kai a te pō 
6:45 pm Arahura River Tour – Walking involved   Bonfire – Pounamu Story, Poutini Waitaiki, Waiata Session  
9:30 pm Karakia, supper and wā whakatā 

Rātū: Phase of the Moon: Hoata (Energy level: medium)  

“A very good day for eeling, crayfishing and planting kumara and seed crops.”    

Tide: 12.44am HT, 6.57am LT, 1.04pm HT, 7.10pm LT 

*All times subject to change, weather dependant for outdoor activities, Free Time not shown however there will be free periods during each day 

Rātū 17th Whiringa-ā-nuku Ko te Rā tuarua/Day 2  
6.00am Karakia 
6.15 am Whakakori tinana – Hikitia te hā / gentle stretches light activities 
7.30 am Parakuihi 
8.20 am Te Karere, pānui – waiata.  Notices and waiata 
H&S announcements (covid19) 
Outline and confirm days events 
9.00 am Mau Rakau   
10.00 am Paramanawa – light refreshments  
10.20 am Kupenga – Westland High School 
12.30 pm  Travel to Mawhera  
1.00 pm Kai a te rānui/Lunch   
1.45 pm Greymouth High School Kapahaka Crew Whare Manaaki History  Gardens  
2.30/3 – 4pm  Tour Historical Sites around Te Tai Poutini 
4.20pm  Travel 40 minutes to Moana for Dinner 
5.00 pm Kai a te pō in Moana (Platform 40), preparation for hākari, practice waiata  
7.00 pm Travelling back to Marae 
8.30 pm Karakia, supper and wa whakatā 

Rāapa: Phase of the Moon: Oueneuku (Energy level: medium)  

“A good day for establishing tuber beds, planting food and fishing”.  

Tide 1.20am HT, 7.33am LT, 1.39pm HT, 7.48 LT 

Rāapa 18th Whiringa-ā-nuku  Ko te Rā tuatoru/ Day 3   
6.00 am Karakia 
6.15 am Whakakori tinana – Hikitia te hā / gentle stretches light activities 
7.30 am Parakuihi 
8.20 am Te Karere, pānui – waiata. Notices and waiata 
H&S announcements (covid19) Outline and confirm days events 
8.45 – 10.45 am Ngā Kaiwhakahau  
10.45 am Paramanawa – light refreshments  
11.00 am Carla Jeffrey – Senior Advisor Tōitu te Mātauranga Consultancy  “Whiria te Tāngata – Weaving the people together for the sustainability of the sector”.   
11.30 – 12.30 pm Jacinta Beckwith – Head Curator Māori, Hocken  “Māori Book quiz” 
1.00pm Kai a te rānui/ lunch 
1.45 pm Jacinta Paranihi-Anae – Poutoko Tūhono Principal Engagement & Programme Strategy Lead at Department of Internal Affairs “There’s not enough Māori and iwi data available, but the datasets that are, are awesome.”  
2.10 pm Lightening sessions 
3pm  Paramanawa   
4.00 pm   Preparation for hākari 
Practice waiata 
4.30 pm Hākari Prize giving: 
Robyn Hakopa and Meri Mygind Awards 
Graduate recognition  
5.30 pm Mike Waller – Westcoast Teachers Association  “Is there a place for books in a Modern Classroom?”  
6.00 pm  Kai a te pō  
 Karaoke with Westcoast Kaiako Māori 
8.30 pm Karakia, supper and wa whakatā  

Rāpare: Phase of the Moon: Okoro (Energy level: medium)  

“This is another good day for planting and fishing”.  

Tide: 1.59am HT, 8.12am LT, 2.18pm HT, 8.30pm LT  

Rāapa 19th Whiringa-ā-nuku Ko te Rā tuawha/Day 4   
6.00 am Karakia 
6.15 am Whakakori tinana – Hikitia te hā / gentle stretches light activities 
7.30 am Parakuihi 
8am  Poroporoaki  
8:30-9am Travel to Airport  

*All times subject to change, weather dependant for outdoor activities, Free Time not shown however there will be free periods during each day.

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