In 2012, Ngāi Tahu’s annual hui takes on a new look and a new name – the first in what will become a festival held every three years. So here’s a heads-up about what to expect. The programme is still in draft stage but basically the hui will be a showcase of Ngāi Tahu talent – our artists, entertainers, kapa haka and sports people, foodies and crafts people.
The hui will be held at the Lincoln Events Centre, Meijer Drive, Lincoln from Friday, November 21 to Sunday, November 23, with Te Taumutu Rūnanga, Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki and Ngāti Moki as hosts; and to make the event a success, we need rūnanga input.
Building on the success of previous Hui-ā-Tau, there are plans to create a lively kai and arts market, so if any Ngāi Tahu whānau have ideas for kai, art or craft stalls, we’d like to hear all about it. Whether it’s rūnanga t-shirts, food from your marae garden, a cake made to your tāua’s secret recipe or personally crafted items, we want to see you there. This is an event positioned to show off Ngāi Tahu talent across the board and we’re looking for opportunities to show off our regional kai specialities and chances for whānau, kōhanga reo and sports teams to fundraise. And naturally, all food stalls will need to adhere to current food safety regulations and restrictions regarding the sale of customary take.
A newly formed Ngāi Tahi Contemporary Visual Arts Steering Group is also inviting all Ngāi Tahu artists to contribute works to a hui exhibition (yet-to-be-named), which will run throughout the event. Conceived as a tribute to our Taumutu tāua, weaver Cath Brown, the exhibition will be a showcase of Ngāi Tahu talent. In addition, you can expect the Hui-ā-Iwi to deliver arts workshops, mahinga kai workshops, a cook-off, rūnanga kapa haka, inter-rūnanga sports events, a kaumātua dinner and dance and more. If you have any ideas for art works, kai or craft stalls – or simply offers of help – please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Let’s make it a year to remember