Presentations & Gatherings

Make the most of your time here by checking out some of the special events before, during and after NAISA.

Te Kai a Te Rangatira

"The Food of Chiefs" Lunchtime Talks

Join various speakers over the duration of the conference as they share their wealth of knowledge in this series of free lunchtime talks.

On Thursday and Friday the talks will be held in Lecture Theatre L.G.01 and on Sat in Lecture Theatre L.G.02.

A Window into a Tainui History Tom Roa Thu 27 June, 1220pm - 1250pm
NAISA: Hosting an Annual Meeting Hokulani Aikau, Tsianina Lomawaima, Shannon Speed Thu 27 June, 110pm to 140pm
Custer Died for Your Sins at 50 Phil Deloria Fri 28 June, 1220pm - 1250pm
Matariki: Star of the Year Rangi Matamua Fri 28 June, 110pm to 140pm
Mauna Kea Pua Case, Ruth Aloua Sat 29 June, 1220 - 1250pm
Hapū Agency in Horowhenua to Kāpiti: culture /design /art /science Huhana Smith Sat 29 June, 110pm - 140pm

Establishing a Pacific Studies Association

Tēnā koutou, tālofa lava, mālō e lelei, bula vinaka, aloha, håfa adai, mauri, io̧kwe, kia orana and warm Pacific greetings.

There is an effort underway to scope the establishment of a Pacific Studies Association, and you are invited to consult on this effort at a meeting during NAISA. Representatives from the current steering committee will be there to share the roots of this effort and feedback from the initial hui that sparked this project.  Most importantly, it is an opportunity to share ideas, raise concerns, and contribute to the talanoa.

When: Thu 27 June 1245pm - 145pm

Where: tbc


Ending the Removal of Indigenous Children from their Families

Government removal of Indigenous children from their families in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States is intergenerational, deeply traumatic, and on the rise. Factors enabling removal of our children are historic, systemic and entrenched. Join us to strategize ending child removal and building Indigenous self-determining communities. Take a look at Assoc Prof Leonie Pihama's battle here

When: Sat 29 June 1215pm

Where: S Block Lecture Theatre, S.G.01

Postgraduate Networking Lunch

Hosted by MAI ki Waikato

UPDATE: This event is now full and no more registrations can be taken.

Postgraduate students are invited for kaitahi (a shared meal) to network, mingle and make international connections for potential future collaborations.  This event is informal, relaxed and free to Postgraduate students.

When: Thu 27 June 1215pm onwards

Where: Upstairs Lounge, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts


Indigital Play: Indigenous Video Games &VR Room

Experience some of the rich and vibrant examples of Indigenous video games, digital storytelling, virtual reality experiences, and some older forms of play such as tabletop and card games. These games nod to Indigenous play and ways of relating through play with various games in different mediums. This is powerful, fun, and a rapidly-expanding field of study and play. Designers and artists will be present to discuss, assist and demonstrate. Come join us!​​ Play, learn, and be inspired.

When: All day Friday 28 June

Where: The Station: Esports Room

Takatāpui/Two Spirit Luncheon

Indigenous LGBTIQ Bring-Your-Lunch gathering

This is a free networking event however please bring your own lunch.

When: Thur 27 June 1230pm onwards

Where: Whare Tapere Iti, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts

This is a FREE event


A Gendered Lens on Indigenous Governance in Canada & NZ

A Gendered Lens on Indigenous Governance in Canada and New Zealand is a panel discussion hosted by the High Commission of Canada.  This panel will discuss women in leadership including business, governance and politics.

When: Friday 28 June, 12:45 to 1:40pm

Where: S Block Lecture Theatre, S.G.01

This is a FREE event