Hui-ā-Iwi 2017

When: Friday 24 November – Sunday 26 November 2017
Where: Tuahiwi Marae
Hosts: Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tūāhuriri

Ko Tahupotiki te tipuna e karakatia nei ki runga ki ona uri ko Ngāi Tahu.

Te Maramatanga – The Enlightenment – is the theme for Hui-ā-Iwi 2017, embodied by the hui whakatauki:

Paiheretia te ture tangata me te ture wairua
to unite the physical movement with the spiritual mission

Join us as we celebrate what it means to be Ngāi Tahu at our biennial festival, Hui-ā-Iwi!

Come and reconnect with whānau, meet new people, and celebrate being Ngāi Tahu. There’ll be entertainment, information, laughter and fun for all ages.

This year Hui-ā-Iwi is hosted by Ngāi Tūāhuriri at Tuahiwi Marae, where you can experience Ngāi Tūāhuriri manaakitanga and the beautiful rohe.


Hui-ā-Iwi begins with a pōwhiri at 12pm on Friday 24 November and concludes with poroporoaki early afternoon on Sunday 26 November.


There’ll be a special space for our kaumātua, who are 65 and over, to relax in throughout Hui-ā-Iwi. Kaumātua will enjoy moments of entertainment and wānanga and will receive the very best manaakitanga.

Tamariki and rangatahi

Specially designed spaces for tamariki and rangatahi will ensure they and their whānau can relax and have fun during Hui-ā-Iwi.

A jam packed programme will keep the tamariki and rangatahi entertained throughout the weekend – watch this space for full details!


Friday 24 November: Kai hākari
Saturday 25 November: A light lunch and hāngī dinner will be provided. Kai stalls will also be available to purchase food so bring some cash to support our whānau entrepreneurs.
Sunday 26 November: Light lunch


A variety of stalls will be set up and open for whānau to browse and buy at Hui-ā-Iwi. Would you like to run a stall at Hui-ā-Iwi?  Get your application in now by completing this application form and emailing to– applications close on 6 October. Successful stallholders will be notified on 13 October.


Free parking close to the venue is available and will be clearly signed. Parking plans and information will be communicated closer to the event.


Tuahiwi Marae is situated in the North Canterbury district and is a 15-20 minute drive from the Christchurch city centre.

There are many accommodation options in the North Canterbury district and Christchurch city. The weekend is set to be a busy one for the region so make your bookings now!

For assistance booking accommodation in the North Canterbury district contact the Kaiapoi i-site Visitor Information Centre on 03 327 3134.

For assistance booking accommodation in Christchurch city visit the following websites:


We need your help! Hui-ā-Iwi wouldn’t be possible without the support of a huge team of volunteers within our whānau and community. If you are keen to lend a hand , even if you can only spare a few hours, please let us know!  An application form will be available here shortly.


The Ngāi Tahu Fund is calling for cultural projects for Hui-ā-Iwi 2017. This is an occasion to reconnect with whānau, meet new people and celebrate being Ngāi Tahu. There will be a variety of things to do and see and it also provides an opportunity for you to get involved in showcasing your interest, passion and talent to Ngāi Tahu whānui. If you are interested in applying please complete the application.