Biennial Conference 2019

Location: Napier, Hawke's Bay

19 September 2019

Delegates will stay at the Scenic Circle, Te Pania Hotel and our conference will be held at the Napier Conference Centre (directly across the road), located on the stunning Marine Parade in Ahuriri, Hawke’s Bay.  We have been working hard developing our programme which highlights the conference theme - Tāngata Tu, Tāngata Ora! Be Active, Be Alive!  


Registrations are now open and can be done online using this link. Spaces are very limited and we encourage you to register early. The closing date for registrations is Friday 23 August 2019.


Registration Costs

There are three options available and payments are due by Friday 6 September 2019:

a)   Conference Package: three nights’ accommodation, including breakfast, activities and all meals 

b)   Conference Only: three days, activities and all conference meals

c)   Daily Delegate: all daily conference activities and meals


a) Conference Package                              Tangata Rate       Non-Tangata Rate

Adults (18 - 65+ years)                                $550                     $620

Teenagers (13 – 17 years)                           $150

Children (5 – 12 years)                                $100


b) Conference Only

Adults (18 - 65+)                                         $400                     $470

Teenagers (13 – 17 years)                          $100

Children (5 – 12 years)                                $50


c) Daily Delegate Flat Rate

One Day                                                      $150                     $180

Two Days                                                    $300                     $360

Three Days                                                 $450                     $540

Children (5 – 12 years)                                $40 per day

Teenagers (13 – 17 years)                          $80 per day


Children aged 0 – 4 years are free of charge for the duration of the conference.


We encourage members to make use of our “Painless Payments Scheme” e.g. Tangata member registration paid weekly over 3 months (June – August) period: 

Conference Package            $46 per week

Conference Only                   $34 per week

3 days Daily Rate                  $38 per week



This is the first time the conference will be run over three days. A full program has been prepared including the return of the Webster brothers and the Bird sisters.


We have invited some Government Ministers the Chief Human Rights Commissioner to address the delegation. On Thursday, we will commence with a Powhiri, and a presentation from Hanui Lawrence about  ‘Aunty’s Garden’, a community garden project in Hastings. 


On Friday, members of the First People’s Disability Network of Australia will present, followed by three concurrent workshops to cater to all age groups including: Arts and Crafts for Tamariki, 21stCentury Skills for Rangatahi and a Panel for Pakeke covering the topics of:  Wai 2575 and 2109 claims, IMM UNDRIP and the Access Alliance.


Kasey and Karena Bird will return to showcase Kahungunu kai, the fruit bowl of Aotearoa. Later that day, delegates will be treated to an Expo showcasing Health & Wellbeing, Technology, Māori Arts & Crafts and a small group will take to the water on an Accessible Waka Ama.  On Saturday, the newly appointed members of Te Kahui Tumuaki will be confirmed at the General Meeting, followed by presenters and Haakari, entertained by the Internationally toured Kahurangi Māori Dance Theatre, and some other surprises.


To find out more, or register, please contact Adele on 0800 770 990.