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Ngā Aho Wānanga-ā-Tau 2017

Ngā Aho Wānanga-ā-Tau 2017

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  • Thu 23 Mar ’17, 2:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Fri 24 Mar ’17, 9:00am – 9:30pm
  • Sat 25 Mar ’17, 9:00am – 9:30pm
  • Sun 26 Mar ’17, 9:00am – 1:00pm


Omaka Marae, Aerodrome Rd, Blenheim


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • 4 Day Registration - Waged: $331.50
  • 4 Day Registration - Unwaged / Students: $167.50
  • Thursday Day Pass - Waged: $74.75
  • Thursday Day Pass - Unwaged / Student : $44.00
  • Friday Day Pass - Waged : $147.00
  • Friday Day Pass - Unwaged / Student : $74.75
  • Saturday Day Pass - Waged: $147.00
  • Saturday Day Pass - Unwaged / Student : $74.75
  • Sunday Day Pass - Waged: $74.75
  • Sunday Day Pass - Unwaged / Student : $44.00

Ngā Aho is an incorporated network of Māori design professionals and encompasses the fields of Māori architecture, design, engineering, landscape architecture, planning, project management, mahi toi, mahi whakairo and mahi raranga – anyone who is involved in designing ‘Māori futures.'

We warmly invite you to join us at Ōmaka Marae in Blenheim for our annual Ngā Aho gathering of future makers.

As well as the usual whakawhanaunga and presentations, the programme will include field trips to a wāhi tapu, a contemporary cultural facility, and a local winery. In accordance with our guiding kaupapa ‘Designing Māori Futures’ and our Tikanga of ensuring we contribute our collective intellectual and creative capital to benefit the hau kāinga wherever we hold our hui, there will also be a workshop session working with the hau kāinga on master planning future developments at the marae.

This is a great chance to connect with some kindred spirits to share ideas, stories, frustrations, opportunities and experiences with a group who ‘get it’ - a chance to showcase your mahi to inspire others or to chillax and be inspired by others. This is a once-in-the-year opportunity to escape the daily grind and hang out with some cool cats doing amazing things – you might even have an epiphany or two.

We will be staying at Ōmaka Marae, under the mana of Rangitāne o Wairau and Ngāti Apa ki te Rā To.

The registration fee includes all meals, accommodation and field trips.

The event runs from Thursday 23 March, 2.00pm pōwhiri, through to Sunday 26 March, 1.00 pm.

Indicative programme:

Thursday 23 March -
14:00 - Pōwhiri followed by afternoon tea.
15:30 - Introduction, whakawhanaungatanga.
18:00 - Dinner.
20:00 - Hau kāinga kōrero.

Friday 24 March -
08:00 - Parakuihi.
09:00 - Morning sessions.
13:00 - Lunch.
14:00 - Visit to wāhi tapu and architectural/cultural location.
18:00 - Dinner.
20:00 - Kora session.

Saturday 25 March -
08:00 - Parakuihi.
09:00 - Morning session.
11:15 - Co-design workshop, based around future visions for Ōmaka Marae.
13:00 - Lunch.
13:45 - Workshop continues.
16:00 - Winery visit.
19:00 - Hākari.

Sunday 26 March -
08:00 - Parakuihi.
09:00 - Morning sessions.
12:00 - Poroporoaki & lunch.
13:00 - Hokinga ki te kāinga.

Full registration includes transfers from Picton ferry terminal (connecting with the Interislander arrival at 12.30 pm on Thursday 23 March) and from Blenheim airport. Similarly, after the poroporoaki on Sunday 26 March, transport will be provided to connect with the 2.15 pm sailing of the Interislander, and also to Blenheim airport. There are regular non-stop flights to Blenheim from Auckland and Wellington on Air New Zealand; Wellington, Paraparaumu, Napier, Christchurch, and Kaikoura with Sounds Air; and Paraparaumu (air2there)

When you register, we will contact you to confirm your travel arrangements and any dietary requirements.

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