Hui-ā-Rohe 2021 are being held in Rotorua (23 February), Tāmaki Makaurau (25 February), Ōtautahi (4 March), and Papaioea (5 March) with Te Uepū members from locally based branches, providing both new and established members with an opportunity to connect kanohi ki te kanohi and discuss key issues and opportunities for kaimahi and ākonga Māori.

The theme for Hui-ā-Rohe is Ngā Piki, Ngā Heke,

‘We endure through good times and bad; we work to minimise our impact on the environment; and we foster ahikā – the interrelationship of people and the land, including supporting tūrangawaewae – a place where each has the right to stand and belong’.

The Hui will bring Te Uepū members together and allow them to (1) kōrero and whakawhitiwhiti whakaaro on kaupapa of importance to them; (2) receive presentations; (3) participate in workshops; (4) contribute to the 8-point Mahere Mahi for 2021-22; and (5) develop policy/rule remits for Annual Conference.

Points of discussion will also include Tiriti Audit 2015 and constitutional transformation, Te Koeke Tiriti Framework, Whitestreaming Report refresh, Te Kotahi Mano recruitment strategy – rīpoata whakauru mema and national recruitment drive, Te Reo Rangatira Policy and Strategy, Mana in the workplace project, Mana Wāhine Kaupapa Inquiry WAI 2700.

TEU Te Pou Tuarā Lee Cooper says members will be pleased that they can meet kanohi ki te kanohi, and is confident participation and engagement will be high as members have been looking forward to getting together for some time.

“Hui, no matter the forum, gives our members a chance to connect and learn from one another, while reasserting our shared goals. At a time when travel has once again been restricted, the opportunity to hui ā-kanohi brings us closer together, and Hui-ā-Rohe will be an important means of establishing the best path forward across a range of issues”.