Leadership Network Te Ao Māori Hui


The Asia New Zealand Foundation is taking members of its Leadership Network to attend the Te Ao Māori Hui in Waitangi this June.

Registrations are no longer being accepted for this opportunity

New Zealand is a bicultural nation and the next generation of Kiwi leaders must have the skills, knowledge and connections to be comfortable in Te Ao Māori.

A New Zealand that understands Te Tiriti, the confiscation of land from Māori during the New Zealand Wars and the complex and unfinished Treaty settlement process is a New Zealand that can confidently forge its place in the world.

In addition, Māori have their own story in Asia, a story that is often not well known to non-Māori. Familial and historic links jostle with trading relationships that range from long-standing connections to fledgling ventures in fashion, tech and super foods.

The hui will be an opportunity to connect with Te Ao Māori and hear about Māori engaging with Asia. You will also learn how you can show leadership in this area and connect with other members of the Leadership Network.

Although you will be expected to bring a curious mind and an open attitude, you won’t be expected to be an expert and relevant reading material will be provided prior to the hui.

The goals of the hui are to:

  • equip members of the network with a broad knowledge of Te Ao Māori, specifically with regard to Asia
  • provide leadership opportunities for members through their active development of the programme and their participation in leading the various sessions of the hui
  • provide an opportunity for members to interact and get to know each other to strengthen the network.

The Programme/Te Hōtaka

The dates of the programme are from Friday 7 June to Sunday 9 June. The hui will be held at Te Tii Marae, Waitangi. Participants will fly to Auckland and a bus will transport the group to Waitangi.

FRIDAY/Te Paraire – Our Past/Onamata

  • Tour of the North: All participants head from Auckland to Northland, stopping on the way at historical sites to discuss the history of New Zealand and Te Tiriti.
  • The hui will begin with a Powhiri in the early afternoon.
  • Session 1 – My History: Workshops on Pepeha, Whakawhanaungatanga and creation story.

SATURDAY/Rāhoroi – Our present/Te Inamata

  • Session 2 – Treaty Grounds visit
  • Session 3 – New Zealand now: Reo and New Zealand, the importance of language, business – tikanga in Asia, arts and culture, and media.
  • Visit Ngawha healing pools

SUNDAY/Rātapu – Our future/Te Anamata

  • Session 4 – Our future with Te Tiriti: How leadership network members can show leadership for New Zealand and how you can commit to learning.
  • Karakia and end of hui.
  • Given this is a Leadership Network event, there will also be a facilitated leadership-focused workshop to generate a call to action. This session is intended to empower you to think about how you can contribute to a better understanding of Te Ao Māori as leaders and professionals.

Application process/ Te Hātepe Tononga

Registrations have now closed

Costs/ Ngā Utu

All costs associated with attending the hui, return seat + bag [people will need to bring a sleeping bag] travel, meals, planned activities, accommodation, will be met by the Asia New Zealand Foundation. If you are based abroad and interested in attending, please email Nicola ([email protected]) as a travel subsidy may be considered.

Participants will be responsible for getting to and from their local airport, and any other personal spending money.

Questions/ Ngā Pātai

If you have any questions, in the first instance please refer to the FAQs. If your query is not answered here, please email us at [email protected]