Hui Fono Speakers

16-19 Pēpuere (February) 2021. Te Poho o Rawiri Marae, Te Tairāwhiti (Gisborne)


Pa Ariki 

For the past 30 years Marie Pa Ariki has overseen her Takitumu people as paramount chief, a title she inherited from her mother Terito who passed away in 1990. Marie Pa was just 42 years old. Her title has her overseeing three villages on the island of Rarotonga, including Matavera, Ngatangiia, and Titikaveka that encompass 33 mataiapo (chiefs) and 14 rangatira (supporting chiefs). “Being an Ariki, people look up to me. They expect me to work in with our people. I’m not perfect, but I have tried my best to work in with our people.” One of her aspirations is to build a retirement home in Rarotonga for pa metua (elders), and she has contributed significantly to health, education and community initiatives both in Rarotonga and here in Aotearoa. Pa Ariki will accompany us to Tokomaru Bay, Te Hono ki Rarotonga, so that we can show respect for the relationship between mana whenua and the people of Rarotonga, at Pakirikiri marae and the meeting house called Te Hono ki Rarotonga. It is an honour to have Pa Ariki, in recognition of the Ariki who attended the opening of Te Hono ki Rarotonga in 1934.                                                                                          

Ngāti Oneone

Ko Titirangi te maunga, ko Turanganui te awa, ko te Ikaroa a Rauru te waka, ko Te Poho o Rawiri te marae. Te Eke Tū o te Rangi te whare whakaruruhau, ko te Poho o Hine-i-Tuhia o te Rangi te wharewaiū. Ko Tokotoru te wharekarakia, ko Ngāti Oneone me Ngāti Porou nga iwi. The mana whenua of Ngāti Oneone and Ngāti Porou, warmly welcome you to their place, their space. As our host, the hau kainga will share the histories of this land, the shared histories of colonisation, and other connections with Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa. Ngāti Oneone will share their vision for their people, now and in the future. Charlotte Gibson will speak on behalf of Ngāti Oneone.



Pale Sauni 

Pale in the Fale is back! Pale has a background in social development, health and the tertiary education sector with a focus on Pasifika trans-formative teaching and learning. Pale brings over 30 years’ experience working in Pasifika and Māori communities and education, and in the MC role, an expert ‘weaver’ of knowledge and learning.

Ako: learning exchange

Claiming our space through Ura

Ura is the traditional dance of the Cook Islands. It is told that the expressive communication methodology of ura is closely connected to ‘ori, Tahitian dance, and hula, Hawaiian dance. Distinguished by the drumming, ura is an ancient form of storytelling and intergenerational knowledge sharing practice, through movement, costume and lyrical poetry. This workshop is an introduction to the performing art of ura and will teach basic technique and choreography. Te Hau Winitana (Ngāti Ruapani, Te Ati Awa, Kuki ‘Āirani) is a performing artist, dancer, teacher and choreographer of pacific dance, and currently the director and co-creator of Pacifit Group Ltd and Inano Dance School. In 2017, she officially launched her own dance school, Inano Dance, specialising in Cook Islands art, music, dance and culture. Winitana also was the first New Zealand dancer to compete in the 2017 and 2018 Heiva San Diego International Tahitian Dance competition, placing second in the advanced female soloist category. Since graduating from her tertiary studies at Whitireia Performing Arts in 2013, she has toured, performed, choreographed and taught on an extensive range of national and international artistic projects, dancing for companies such as Le Moana and Tawata productions, and has toured as far as Europe, Oceania, Canada and USA.

Tapa and Tatau, Tautua Village

Tapa making and tatau are traditional practices as tools for storytelling, knowledge transmission, reflection, accounting and reporting. We will be looking at the history of tapa and tatau, their story of resistance, in particular the symbols and motifs that have survived an era of colonial critique and disdain. Situated in the evolving conceptualisations of literacy in Aotearoa, literacy as a construct has become intimately interwoven with the constructs of society, politics, history, economics, education, equity and discrimination. Tapa and tatau, as cultural literacy identifiers, has the ability to recognise and use collective belief systems, customs, world views and social identity. Culture and traditions are at the forefront of literacy and literacy learning for indigenous people. The workshop will include a live demonstration of traditional Samoan tatau, by Tufuga tatau, Liaifaiva Imo Levi, who will also talk about his unique journey to becoming a Tufuga. Participants will also have the opportunity to create your own piece of tapa to takeaway.

Mahi Toi Māori - The Resurgence of Tā Moko, Artists from Nga Matarau o Paepae-Aotea

Te Poho o Rawiri marae will be the learning space to share the work by local artists from Nga Matarau o Paepae-Aotea, an iwi initiative toward the succession of moko. They will share the history of moko, its resurgence, the advent of Mokopapa. Intertwined with tā moko, are the arts of kowhaiwhai (rafter patterns), whakairo (carvings), and tukutuku (lattice work). Each are unique and authentic, traditional and contemporary visual representations of ethnographic information, that documents histories, knowledge, identities, and stories, etched into natural resources, places and people. Each signifying its own language that has continued to communicate sacred information through generations. This workshop will be a practical demonstration of each of these art forms, to explore the traditional symbolism commonly used in the arts, their meanings, significance, and how the artists apply this knowledge in their work.

Kakala, a Tongan research framework

The Kakala research framework is both culturally meaningful and inclusive for it provides a sense of ownership in the process and development of Pacific education (Thaman, 2003). In Tonga, Kakala means fragrant flowers, fruits and leaves, which have mythical origins, strung or woven together into garlands and worn at special events or presented to honourable and distinguished people as a sign of love and respect. Thaman (2003) utilises the process of Kakala making, which is inherently valued in Tongan culture, as a basis for the research framework. The three different processes are toli, tui and luva. Each step in making the Kakala represents the stages in conducting research. Thaman’s Kakala framework was further enhanced by adding three new phases: Teu, Mālie and Māfana. In this workshop, the Kakala process will be used to identify the community perspective of research from a Maori and Pacific
lens. This workshop will be presented by Dr Edmond Fehoko,Manukau Institute of Technology, Pacific Development Office.

Va, Aiono Manu Faaea

Critical thinking of va or relational space has been featured predominantly in Pacific academic writing to convey how we connect and nurture relationships. How do we prepare ourselves to access our research mindset when we use va? Why should we be explicit with our use of va in all the spaces we occupy? This workshop looks at how we can critically reflect on a community perspective of va steeped in Tongan (tauhi va) and Samoan (tausi va) notions of the term. This workshop will be presented by Aiono Manu Faaea,Manukau Institute of Technology, Pacific Development Office.

Claiming our space in Financial Literacy, Peter Jackson, Pale Sauni

“When it comes to money, have you counted the cost?” Come to the learning sessions and challenge your thinking about money and life. Create a platform on which to launch a more financially successful future for you and your whanau/aiga. The primary focus of the two separate workshops is to unpack Financial Literacy and to discover that by having a Maori or Pasifika cultural lens over money, can affect our respective understandings of commerce and finance. These discoveries and views will impact our lives not only from a financial perspective which includes income, housing and lifestyle, but will also flow over into health and wellbeing. Maori and Pasifika will then come together for a joint session to further unpack the common behaviour and mistakes that essentially keep us broke and subsequently cry poor. In this learning space Peter (Maori) and Pale (Pasifika) will tag team to offer two distinct culturally – centred, thought provoking sessions to help us ‘count the cost’ in relation to money.

Tupu Aotearoa, Ministry for Pacific Peoples

Pacific Values are our anchor, with each generation weaving the foundations for the next to stand on. Pacific communities are innovative leaders within Aotearoa, the Pacific region and the world. We are confident in our endeavours, we are a thriving, resilient and prosperous Pacific Aotearoa.”  (Ministry for Pacific Peoples, Lalanga Fou Vision).

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ Tupu Aotearoa programme focus is on reducing the number of our Pacific people over 15 years of age, who are not in employment, education or training. Tupu Aotearoa aims to ensure that Pacific people are well supported and have access to the right tools to develop the skills to prepare and transition them into permanent employment and undertake study or qualifications aligned to future employment opportunities. The programme aligns with the Ministry’s vision and priorities, in particular Goal 2 – Prosperous Pacific Communities and Goal 4 – Confident, Thriving & Resilient Pacific Young People.