We are often late to the news when it comes to the news, but the irony here is that the start time today is already yesterday in New Zealand. What’s not to love about global journalism? We are time travelers whether we are looking up at the stars or scrolling down our Twitter timeline.

Today we’re taking a deep dive into Kīngitanga Day (September 8).

Now in its eighth year of celebration at the University of Wakato, Kīngitanga Day is a national and global treasure. HT to Nigel Robertson (@easegill) for live tweeting and periscoping a beautiful song and presentation. This is the perfect mashup of Indigenous respect, technology and education. Live. Yesterday.

Download the official 2016 Kīngitanga Day programme.

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

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?”

Education is the source of health and well-being. Happy Kīngitanga Day (September 8) to all.


  • If Kīngitanga Day has meaning to you, can you describe this to us?
  • If kotahitanga has meaning to you, can you describe this to us?
  • Are videos from the panel online?
  • Do the panelists have accounts on Twitter?
  • Is this the only photo with a Creative Commons attribution license on Flickr about Kīngitanga Day?
  • Are there posters or fan art online for Kīngitanga Day?
  • Are there analogs to Kīngitanga Day in other cultures?
  • Where is Waikato?




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.

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.  She is a member of the Waitangi Tribunal and past deputy chair of Landcare Research New Zealand.

Dr Will Edwards

Will is a Director of Taumata Associates, a Māori public health and development consultancy based in South Taranaki. 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.

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.


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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