This year’s hui is hosted by Ngāti Kahungunu and the theme is ‘Ko te amorangi ki mua ko te hapai o ki muri,’ there are many learnings from the past to be taken into the future, to lift the potential of our future.

Throughout the event, which runs from July 6 - 9, around 200 NZEI Te Riu Roa members from across the education sector will enjoy a range of sessions that will build knowledge and grow confidence.

The hui will honour local whānau for their contributions to Māori education, and will include a Mātaruanga Māori Symposium with keynotes from Mana Liz Hunkin; Mereana Pitman, Ngahiwi Tomoana; and Petera Hakiwai.

“Our annual hui is always and inspiring and thought-provoking occasion. We will celebrate the wins we've achieved for kaiako, tamariki and whānau – and then turn our attention on to tumuaki, kaiāwhina and kohungahunga members,” Laures Park, NZEI Te Riu Roa Matua Takawaenga says.

“Each of these sector groups have long-standing work-related issues and inequities to deal to,” she adds.