Hui Fono

26–27 Hui-tanguru (February) 2020
Arahura Marae, Hokitika (West Coast)

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Tēnā koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Namaste, Mālō ni, Fakatalofa atu, Halo ola keta, Mauri and warm Pasifika greetings to you all.

The Hui Fono is a unique space that brings together Māori and Pasifika working in adult and community education.  The purpose of Hui Fono is to provide a space for professional learning, for and by Māori and Pasifika.


The theme for Hui Fono 2020 is Te Tatau Pounamu, The Pounamu Door. The Doorway of Peace. The theme was gifted by mana whenua of Ngāti Waewae and is underpinned by the history of Te Wai Pounamu (South Island) and the significance of pounamu. At a time when battles were rife, pounamu was used to create instruments, was carved, and was a symbol of peace. Te Tatau Pounamu, The Pounamu Door represents an opening or passage through which all learning and creativity has visibility and opportunity. We will discuss how we as influencers, and disruptors are challenged within the education system, to create The Pounamu Door restoring peace through lifelong learning.

The theme is underpinned by the values and fundamental nature of Māori and Pasifika knowledges, realities, and practices, especially when considered as an academic discipline in adult and community education.