Ngai Tahu gathering

Several thousand tribal members from throughout New Zealand and Australia are expected to gather in Invercargill this weekend for Hui-A-Iwi 2019, Ngai Tahu’s two-yearly three-day conference.

Ngai Tahu kaumatua Michael Skerrett addressed hundreds of tribal members gathered at the powhiri (welcoming ceremony) for Hui-A-Iwi 2019 at ILT Stadium Southland yesterday. Hosted by the four Murihiku runanga and co-ordinated by Miharo, the activity-packed weekend will include exhibitions of cultural taonga and cultural mapping, interactive titi display and kapa haka performances as well as kai (food), toi (art), education and health stalls, trips to Ruapuke Island and jet-boat rides on the Oreti River, courtesy of Shotover Jet.

- By Petrina Wright

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