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Toi is Rongoaa Symposium

Dec 2 – 3, 2022

Join us for koorero, presentations, and workshops in celebration of the exhibition Toi is Rongoaa.

Join us for koorero, presentations, and workshops in celebration of Waikato Museum’s exhibition Toi is Rongoaa.

Toi is a manifestation of cultural identity that is used to interpret and disseminate knowledge. At the very core the kupu (word) Toi, means source or knowledge. Rongoaa, known as traditional Maaori healing, is an important part of the natural world. It’s properties and qualities can be sourced physically and spiritually to bring about balance and restore a sense of health and wellbeing. This potent knowledge is important as we grapple with climate change and the fragility of human existence.

Toi is not a form of rongoaa, it simply is.

The keynote speakers, artists and practitioners presenting or offering workshops over the two days utilise this knowledge to present toi as a tool for transformational change. The exhibition and the coming Symposium aim to elevate creative practice so that it can be understood in this transformational and holistic way.


  • Professor Kereti G. Rautangata
  • Graham Hoete
  • Maria Huata
  • Te Rita Papesch
  • Nigel Borrell
  • Linda Munn
  • Toi is Rongoaa curators Margaret Aull and Maree Mills

Full programme to be announced soon.


Support to attend

Twenty-five tickets have been reserved free of charge for artists, rongoaa practitioners, or other creatives who wish to attend this wananga but may not have the funds to do so. To apply for one of these free spaces, please contact toiisrongoaa@gmail.com.


This symposium is sponsored by:

Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Creative New Zealand, Tainui Waka Tourism, Waikato Museum

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Dec 2 – 3, 2022
10am to 5pm Daily


Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
1 Grantham Street
Hamilton Central

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