Kīngitanga Day

Kingitanga Day Design

University of Waikato, Thursday 8 September 2016

The University of Waikato has had strong connections with Kīngitanga and Waikato-Tainui since it was founded in 1964.  Kīngitanga Day, now in its eighth year, is an annual event that honours these special relationships and celebrates the University’s unique identity, distinctive culture and leadership.

A programme of activities is scheduled for the day designed to showcase our cultural vibrancy and diversity.  Nau mai, haere mai – come celebrate with us.

Venue: University of Waikato Hamilton Campus
Date: Thursday 8 September 2016
Time: 9am onwards

Official Kīngitanga Day Programme

Plan to come along and enjoy a University-wide programme of presentations, panel discussions, workshops, displays and performances.

Download the official 2016 Kīngitanga Day programme.

Don't know your way around? Download the Kīngitanga Day campus map.

Get the Kīngitanga Day App

Enhance your Kīngitanga Day experience by downloading the official 2016 Kīngitanga Day app. For Android, just visit the Google Play store and search for 'Kīngitanga'. For Apple, just visit the App Store and search 'Kīngitanga'. The app contains the full programme, location map, background info about the University and the Kīngitanga and you can create your own timetable for the day.

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Kīngitanga Day 2016 Guest Panel

Instead of a keynote address this year, a panel of guest speakers from different iwi and backgrounds will give their perspectives on the concept of kotahitanga (unity). Guest panelists will discuss the topic In post-settlement New Zealand is kotahitanga possible?


Che Wilson

Che Wilson

Che currently works for the Ministry for the Environment. He has worked mainly in the private sector with small stints in the public sector nationally and internationally. Most recently, he has worked as an advisor to the governance and senior leadership of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

His background includes roles with his own iwi Ngāti Rangi as its chief executive, including environmental management, community cohesion, cultural revitalisation and whānau development. He also worked as a consultant focusing on community development and as an environmental commissioner.

Through board and iwi negotiation roles, Che also has experience in agribusiness, iwi governance, language revitalisation, power generation and philanthropy (both in NZ and the USA).

Tania Simpson

Tania Simpson

Tainui, Ngāi Tahu, Ngā Puhi

Master of Mātauranga Māori, BA Māori, AFInstD

Tania is a Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Tainui Group Holdings, AgResearch and the Deep South National Science Challenge.  Until her recent retirement, she was the longest serving director of Mighty River Power Ltd, having held that directorship for the past 13 years. She is a member of the Waitangi Tribunal and past deputy chair of Landcare Research New Zealand.  She is a board member Global Women and an accredited fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Tania is the Chief Executive of Māori development company Kōwhai Consulting and a member of the Māori King’s Advisory Council.  She is the Chair of Radio Maniapoto and a Trustee of Tui Trust.  In 2014 she published her first book The Last Maopo; The Life and First World War Sacrifice of Wiremu Maopo. Tania is an alumna of the University of Waikato.

Dr Will Edwards

Dr Will Edwards

Will is a Director of Taumata Associates, a Māori public health and development consultancy based in South Taranaki. He was previously based with the Research Centre for Māori Health and Development, Massey University. His interests are in the localisation of the interface between Māori knowledge and Western science to underpin community health research, life course research and father involvement.

Will is Chair of Te Korowai o Ngāruahine (the post-settlement governance entity for Ngāruahine iwi), a trustee for Tāngahoe Tribal Trust, and a trustee for Te Kupenga Mātauranga o Taranaki, a Board member of Te Reo o Taranaki and a board member for Taranaki Futures. He was formerly a member of the Tai Hauauru Whānau Ora Regional Leadership Group.

Veronica Tawhai

Veronica Tawhai

Veronica is a mother of two from Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Uepohatu living in the lands of the Rangitāne people in Palmerston North. She currently works as a lecturer in the policy and politics stream at Te Pūtahi a Toi (School of Māori Art, Knowledge and Education) at Massey University, as a community Tiriti o Watangi educator, as a volunteer academic mentor for Highbury tertiary students, and as a member of Aotearoa’s Independent Monitoring Mechanism for implementation of the UNDRIP.

Between 2012 and 2016 she co-ordinated the national Matike Mai Aotearoa Rangatahi, Youth for Constitutional Transformation project for the Independent Working Group on Constitutional Transformation, which she is also a member of. A recent recipient of the Fulbright-Nga Pae o te Maramatanga scholar award to assist with her doctoral research, she is completing her PhD research on teaching and learning about the politics of indigeneity and the implications for citizenship education.


Rena Harawira

Wena Harawira

Wena Harawira (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Tūhoe) is a bilingual broadcaster and communications specialist. She has worked for television as a reporter, presenter and programme maker and her experience also encompasses print, radio and projects for a range of government, corporate and independent companies.

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