Inaugural festival for Ngāi Tahu likely to attract large crowds

Kapa haka, concerts, art, a market and sports events are all features of the inaugural Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā-Iwi, being held this weekend at the Lincoln Events Centre, Lincoln. Close to one thousand people are expected to attend the event.

Hui-ā-Iwi is being hosted by local Ngāi Tahu hapū Ngāti Moki and Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki (Te Taumutu Rūnanga).

Chairman of Te Taumutu Rūnanga, Graham Nutira says, “We are privileged and honored to be hosting this significant and festive tribal event in our region.”

Hui-ā-Iwi gives whānau the chance to get together and celebrate what it means to be Ngāi Tahu.

Throughout the weekend there will be many fun and exciting events happening including the Te Koha concert, Te Atakura kapa haka show and the whānau sports day.
The Friday Te Koha concert will showcase Ngāi Tahu musicians ranging across a variety of ages and genres. Electric Wire Hustle lead singer, Mara TK will be part of the concert.

Te Atakura, the marae based kapa haka show on Saturday, which focuses on whakawhanaungatanga (connectedness), will see numerous Ngāi Tahu marae-based communities showcasing their expertise in kapa haka. The popular show gives whānau from all around the Ngāi Tahu area the opportunity to get involved and perform songs which give a flavor of their respective regions.

The whānau sports day, which kicks off at 9am on Sunday, will feature ‘Top Town’ type challenges and cater to all physical abilities and ages.
There will also be kai, arts and information stalls and a wänanga series for whānau to take part in. A formal report back session from Te Rūnanga to Ngāi Tahu whānau will take place on Friday afternoon.

Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere Mark Solomon says the change in format reflects what Ngāi Tahu whānau have asked for.

“At every annual hui we have sought feedback and whānau have consistently told us that whanaungatanga, connecting with each other and renewing our relationships, is the key ingredient for an awesome hui.”

Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā-Iwi starts on Friday with a pōwhiri at 11am.

The Lincoln community has been invited to come and participate and enjoy the event.