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Toi is Rongoaa Symposium

2 - 3 December 2022

$25 entry fee per day

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Join us for koorero, presentations, and workshops in celebration of the exhibition Toi is Rongoaa. This two-day event aims to share knowledge and elevate creative practice, presenting toi as a tool for transformational change. 


Keynote speakers: Professor Kereti Rautangata | Te Rita Papesch | Joni Brooking | Graham Hoete AKA Mr G | Event MC: Maria Huata



Friday 2 December

  • Registrations open 8:45am
  • Whakatau / mihi 9.30am
  • Keynote speaker: Professor Kereti Rautangata
  • A closer look at the Toi is Rongoaa exhibition with co-curators Margaret Aull and Maree Mills

Lunch and whakawhanaungatanga 12pm - 12:45pm

  • Workshop A Spoken Word with Maria Huata 1pm
  • Workshop B Rongoaa with Hinewirangi Kohu-Morgan 1pm
  • Keynote speaker: Te Rita Papesch
  • Break-out session A A place for healing: artists talk to installation practice
  • Break-out session B Rongoaa practice
  • Whakakapi / karakia close 5:15pm

Saturday 3 December

  • Haangii preparation and lighting 6am
  • Registrations open 9am
  • Mihi mihi and reflections / Day 1 recap 10am
  • Keynote speaker: Joni Brooking
  • Performance: Te Pae - Painting to story with Regan Balzer

Haangii lunch 12.30pm - 1:30pm

  • Transformational Practice - Panel Discussion: Nigel Borell, Linda Munn, Margaret Aull, and others 1.30pm
  • Keynote speaker: Graham Hoete AKA Mr G
  • Workshop 1 Taonga Puuoro / Vibration with Haumanu Collective
  • Workshop 2 Rongoaa with David Kukutai Jones
  • Poroporoaki /Reflections
  • Closing karakia 5:15pm


Support to attend

A limited number of tickets have been reserved free of charge for artists, rongoaa practitioners, or other creatives who wish to attend this wananga but may not have the funds to do so. To apply for one of these free spaces, please contact



This symposium is sponsored by:
Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Creative New Zealand, Tainui Waka Tourism, Waikato Museum

Toi is Rongoaa exhibition

Open from 9 July to 15 January 2023, Toi is Rongoaa celebrates fourteen contemporary Maaori artists who believe in the importance of creative practice to their wellbeing. The invited artists have been supported by Creative New Zealand to make new work and share this essential kaupapa with our community.