Kīngitanga Day

Each year we honour the University's unique history and relationship to the Kīngitanga. Following the precedent set by Koroneihana, this year's programme will be delivered completely online.

Check out the schedules below for our virtual line up. Jam-packed with live and prerecorded presentations, kapa haka, make sure you tune in to the livestream from 8:40am this Kīngitanga Day.

*There are no in-person events for Kīngitanga Day this year in order to comply with the existing Alert Level guidelines.

16 September 2021

Livestream info

Enjoy presentations, panels, performances and activities, all from the comfort of home!

Join us online on Thursday the 16th of September from 8:40am from either the University of Waikato or Māori ki Waikato Facebook pages.


Online schedule

See the online schedule

Livestream from 8:40am.


Introduction and outline of the day
Maria Huata


Whakatau and Karakia
Taki Turner (Kaumātua - Hamilton Campus)

 Waiata: Paimaarire
Te Pou o Mangataawhiri

Opening Address
Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai - Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori

 Waiata: E Noho Tuheitia
Te Waiora o Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato

The Polynesian Panthers
Facilitator: Maria Huata
Panel members: Will ‘ilolahia, Timi Maipi

Our Kīngitanga Day keynote speakers this year are founding members of the Polynesian Panthers. Created in the 1970s, The Polynesian Panther Party is a revolutionary social justice movement formed to target racial inequalities carried out against  Māori and Pacific Islanders in Aotearoa New Zealand. A mini series called The Panthers which is available at TVNZ OnDemand portrays the movements’ genesis and historical background of the time. The Polynesian Panthers requested people wear black to their presentation where the purpose will be revealed.


Talking about ‘Languaculture’: A hapū perspective
Facilitator: Professor Mere Berryman
Panel members: Tracey Mauria Ngatoko, Dr Lesley Rameka

Kaupapa Māori methodologies guided interviews as conversation with kaumātua and whānau from one marae community. Their collaborative story begins from conception, providing the view of this hapū to the interrelationships between language and culture.

This presentation is Reo Rua (English and Te Reo Māori) with the majority in English. There are aids in the presentation to assist those with little understanding of Te Reo Māori to comprehend the main speaking points.


Rangahau Moana
Facilitator: Julian Williams
Panel Presenters: Associate Professor Kura Paul-Burke, Megan Ranapia, Vanessa Taitoko

Overview - Customary fisheries research

Kura is a Māori marine ecologist, scientific diver and transdisciplinary researcher, with extensive pragmatic experience combining mātauranga Māori and marine science to assist kaitiakitanga (restoration, monitoring and management) priorities of coastal Māori entities.

Megan Ranapia. Title: Co-developing and co-implementing mātauranga Māori and western science to address starfish outbreak.

Megan Ranapia is a PhD student at the University of Waikato. She has worked and studied in marine sciences for the past 10 years. With a background in marine ecology, she is now broadening her research practices to include different fields of expertise, including mātauranga Māori and environmental policy.

Vanessa Taikato.  Title: Exploring traditional practices of bivalve translocation: a multidisciplinary approach

Vanessa Taikato is a PhD researcher and Marine Ecologist based at the Coastal Marine Field Station in Tauranga. Her previous research efforts have been in intertidal and subtidal benthic ecology, with a focus on macro faunal communities and indicator species. She is now in the final months of her PhD research, which has taken a multidisciplinary approach to explore the concept of long distance transport and translocation of a taonga bivalve species, toheroa, by pre-European Māori.


Integrating Kaupapa Māori across programmes
Facilitators: Stephen Bright, Dr Donna Campbell
Course Participants: Marlize de Witt, Tracey Morgan, Charlotte Ferry-Parker, Claire Coleman

Weaving mātauranga Māori into teaching, learning and the curriculum is one of the strategic priorities currently being discussed as part of the 2022-2024 University Strategy - but what does this mean for our teaching and learning practices? Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi is a traditional whakataukī or proverb which can be translated 'with your basket and my basket the people will live' with the basket being a metaphor for sharing and cooperation. This whakataukī is a thematic thread for this panel discussion, which seeks to explore kaupapa Māori in a holistic and integrated way, with the goal of understanding what this means for teaching practice in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand. Panel members are drawn from participants in the current PGCert in Tertiary Teaching paper Integrating Kaupapa Māori across Programmes: they will share their experiences to jumpstart our conversation in this interactive session.


Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu Scholarship Presentation
Facilitator: Roger Lewis
Partners: Waikato Regional Council, Waikato-Tainui, Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato

The Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu Scholarship was established in 1991 to mark the 25th anniversary of her accession as the Head of Te Kāhui Ariki. The scholarship pays tribute to her leadership ensuring the further education of the Māori people in the Waikato region at the University of Waikato. There are eight recipients for the scholarship this year.


Te Mahi Tahi-ā-Hāpori, ā-Whare Wānanga ano hoki: Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust me Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato

Hei whakamana, hei whakahonore i te kaumātua me te whakapiki i ō rātou hauora/oranga

Community-University Research Partnership: Te Rauawaawa Kaumatua Charitable Trust and Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato

Working together to empower, validate, honour and to the health and well-being of kaumātua.

Presenters: Dr Mary Simpson, Professor John Oetzel, Rangimahora Reddy

The whakapapa, highlights and outcomes from the longstanding research partnership between Te Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust and Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato.

Research Team: Te Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust, Rangimahora Reddy, Pare Meha, Brendan Hokowhitu, John Oetzel, Mary Simpson, Sophie Nock, Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato.


Three Waters Reform - He Puna Wai, He Puna Ora
Partners: Waikato River Authority and Environmental Research Institute
Facilitator: Julian Williams
Panel members: Dr. Daniel Hikuroa - Auckland University, Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate, Taumata Arowai Senior Executive - Katy Te Amo.  

There will be challenges and opportunities for Aotearoa NZ as the country works its way through the Three Waters Reform. What role will Western science and Mātauranga Māori play in the reform and in talent development? Will the reform result in better outcomes for our waterways and communities?


Te Tohu Paetahi ki Ngā Rohe
Facilitator: Ngairo Eruera
Panel Members: Wharehoka Wano, Dr Wayne Ngata, Ataarangi, Karena and Kasey Bird

At present Te Tohu Paetahi is taught at our Tauranga and Kirikiriroa (Hamilton) campuses. In past years it has also been taught in Rotorua, Taranaki and Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa (Gisborne). This session is a collection of kaiako (teachers) and tauira (students) who participated in Te Tohu Paetahi at locations other than Hamilton. This presentation is in Te Reo Māori.


Intellectual Property and Te Ao Māori
Facilitator: Natalie Kusabs (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maru ki Hauraki, Te Arawa)
Panel members: Chris Insley, Penelope Gibson, Manu Caddie, Tracey Whare, Katie-Lee Riddle, Dr Rogena Sterling

Te Mata Punenga o Te Kotahi (Te Kotahi Research Institute) hosts a number of experts and practitioners to discuss recent work on Intellectual Property and Te Ao Māori.

Chris Insley (Te Arawa Fisheries Group) and Penelope Gibson (Quedo) will be discussing intellectual property relating to smart aquaculture developed by iwi and the process of registering intellectual property rights nationally and internationally for products.

Manu Caddie from Hikurangi Bioactives Ltd Partnership and Tracey Whare from the University of Auckland will be sharing their work around the development of the Taonga Species and Intellectual Property Guidelines and their work focused on kānuka and kina.

Te Kotahi Research Institute researchers Maui Hudson, Rogena Stirling and Katie-Lee Riddle will present their recent report on Understanding Māori Rights and Interests in Intellectual Property arising from Research and Innovation.

Presenter Profiles:

Chris Insley (Director and CEO, Te Arawa Fisheries Group) has more than 30 years of experience working with Indigenous groups, government agencies and international investors in a variety of roles. His life-long focus has been to help Maori and Indigenous groups achieve long-term social and environmental well-being through better investment in and development of their natural assets. Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Whakatōhea.
Penelope Gibson (Director, Quedo) is an experienced practitioner in international IP law, with particular expertise in value creation, collaboration (research and commercial) and data protection.

Manu Caddie (Co-Founder and CEO, Rua Bioscience) is focused on IP development for pharmaceuticals, natural health products and bio-derived composites. Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Pukenga.

Tracey Whare (Indigenous advocate and lecturer, University of Auckland Law School) specialises in Indigenous Peoples' Rights and International Law, Indigenous legal systems and Māori and Treaty Rights especially regarding ownership and benefit sharing around Biotechnology. Ngāti Raukawa, Te Whāna ā Apanui.

Assoc Prof Maui Hudson, (Whakatōhea) is the Director of Te Kotahi Research Institute and advocates for Indigenous rights and interests through Te Mana Raraunga: Māori Data Sovereignty Network, and the Global Indigenous Data Alliance.

Katie-Lee Riddle (Rongowhakaata) is a Law Graduate and Ngā Pae o Te Maramatanga Scholar from the University of Waikato with a passion for Intellectual Property. She currently researches in the space of Indigenous Intellectual Property at Te Kotahi Research Institute.

Dr Rogena Sterling (Research Officer, Te Kotahi Research Institute) has research experience on Te Tiriti, the Resource Management Act 1991, and Co-governance with Te Mata Hautu Taketake - the Maori and Indigenous Governance Centre at Te Piringa - Faculty of Law, University of Waikato. Current research revolves around open data and Indigenous perspectives, Indigenous Data Labelling, and Indigenous Data Sovereignty.


Live in studio


Waiata: Aku Mahara
Te Waiora o Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato

4:05pmKarakia whakamutunga o te rā
Taki Turner (University Kaumātua - Hamilton Campus)

Additional online programmes

Start time 10:30am, Thu, 16 Sep 2021

Indigenous Entrepreneurship Webinar - Ecuador and Aotearoa

Facilitators: Manuela Fernández de Cordov the Head of Mission of the Embassy of Ecuador in Australia, Nathan Rahui the Māori Business CAPEs Project Lead (Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato)

Overview: In this webinar you will hear Indigenous experts from both Ecuador and Aotearoa, New Zealand sharing experiences, projects, and positive initiatives undertaken by each respective nation to address challenges faced by the indigenous peoples of both countries. This is the third webinar in a series and focuses on Indigenous entrepreneurship and Participation in international trade in both countries.

To attend this webinar you need to preregister. To preregister kindly follow the link:


Kotahitanga Exhibition

Partners: Creative Waikato Toi Waikato
Facilitator: Jeremy Mayall

Overview: Experience two years of Waikato artists championing the fight for unity, through a powerful collection of hopeful and conversation sparking works of art.

This exhibition is a continuation of the Kotahitanga project that was launched by Creative Waikato during the national 2020 Covid-19 lockdown, where artists were selected and works commissioned as part of a regional campaign to strengthen the unity of our communities.

These works formed a collection which was first presented at the Nancy Caiger Gallery as well as in the formal online gallery.

Learn more

Start time 1:30pm, Thu, 16 Sep 2021

Te Rā Kīngitanga Tautohe - The Kīngitanga Day Debate

Facilitator: Nikorima Nuttal
Judges: Associate Professor Linda Te Aho, Rahui Papa
Partners: Te Whakahiapō - Waikato Māori Law Students’ Association
Competitors: Ehiri Barrett, Te Maiora Rurehe, Kae'sharn Hose, Mellissa Noanoa, Ranui Armstrong

Overview: Nau mai e te iwi ki teenei tautohe, kite ai ngaa tauira oo te ture e kakari ana ki Te Riu oo Te Raiona. He tukinga whakaaro, he tukinga whakapono, he waananga hoki kei te haere. Join us for our Raa Kiinigtanga tautohe, whereby our legal tauira go head to head contesting a controversial issue relevant to ngai Maaori -The topic " Maaori working for the Crown legitimises the system of government that has failed them."

This presentation is in both Te Reo Māori and English.

Join us on Zoom

Hohou Te Rongo Exhibition
Curator: Margaret Aull

Overview: This is an explorative exhibition that brings together the work of nine contemporary Māori artists, sharing reflections on their creative practices as a Rongoā (traditional Māori healing).

Iwi-University Partnership in Developing Māori ICT Capacity
Panel members: Vanessa Clark, Danny Paruru, Naomi Manu, Te Taka Keegan, Annika Hinze

Overview: Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board, Pūhoro STEMM & University of Waikato discuss proven and upcoming approaches in developing Māori ICT capacity. There have been numerous initiatives by the government, academia, industry and communities to develop pathways and opportunities to increase Māori participation in the ICT industry.

Te Nohonga Kaitiaki: Guidelines for Genomic Research on Taonga Species
Presenter: Associate Professor Maui Hudson (Whakatōhea) and Director of Te Mata Punenga o Te Kotahi: Te Kotahi Research Institute

Overview: On behalf of Te Nohonga Kaitiaki team Maui will outline new guidelines for genomic research on taonga species which have emerged from a Genomics Aotearoa funded research project.

There are no upcoming events in this series.