The theme of this year’s Biennial National Hui is Tuia Te Kōrero: Weaving narratives. We are a diverse community of writers and this year our National Hui aims to showcase, honour and celebrate that diversity. Ever since Te Hā began in the late 80s, the goal has been to find, support and grow more Māori writers. Tuia te Kōrero is an opportunity to return to those roots while also charting a way into the future.
Throughout the weekend we’ll be weaving connections between generations, genres and across the broad spectrum of publishing – including print, online, spoken and self-published. As with all our past national hui, writers are assured of a safe and supportive environment to make connections, discuss, share and debate ideas. Our programme includes our Pou, Patricia Grace, Witi Ihimaera and Renée, as well as many other award-winning writers and new and talented young voices. There will be plenty of free writing time, practical wānanga, as well opportunities to connect with each other, and the beautiful whenua of Ngāti Toa Rangatira.