National Iwi Chairs Forum - Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

National Iwi Chairs Forum

Puakina te tatau
Te tatau o whare wānanga
Tāne te wānanga
Hine te wānanga
Te tatau pounamu e puritia nei
Puritia kia ita
Kia ita, kia mau
Tīhei mauri ora

“He waka kōtuia kāhore e tukutukua ngā mimira.”


A canoe that is interlaced will not become separated at the bow. In unity there is strength.” In the highly developed craft of building ocean going waka the bow section was laced to the centre hull. The waka provides a metaphor for tangata whenua, in that a people interlaced will not be separated and through that unity we find strength. 

Hosted by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga, the November 2023 meeting of the National Iwi Chair’s Forum will be held at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre between 7-9 November. 

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere, Lisa Tumahai will be standing down as Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu later in November.

“I will be forever grateful for the inter-iwi relationships I have been able to forge and maintain over the years through the NICF, and I look forward to having the NICF join us in the Ngāi Tahu Takiwā one more time before I depart.”

Date: 7-9 November 2023
Venue: Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

For further information on this event please contact: [email protected] | [email protected] – NICF Secretariat



Download the full programme here.


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