Biggest Takatapui Hui finishes with awards

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The Hui Takatapui, the largest gathering of sexually and gender diverse Maori, concluded on Sunday after a glamorous awards evening at Te Papa. The Hui Takatapui, the single biggest gathering for takatapui from across the country, was held at Pipitea Marae, Wellington, on 29-31 October 2010.

Incorporated into Hui Takatapuiwere the National Takatapui Awards, a black tie event that was held at Te Marae at Te Papa to recognise outstanding achievement in the takatapui community in 2010. The Awards night acknowledged the important work of members of the takatapui communities and their contribution to Aotearoa. The Awards, voted for by the public, were presented in several categories including Sport, Fashion and Design, and Lifetime Achievement.

The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award was Takuwai Mason, fondly known as Aunty to most of the hui participants, an active supporter of takatapui for most of her life.

Other recipients were:

  • Eriata Peri, the Academic Award Whaia Te Iti Kahurangi;
  • Sidney Collier, Sports Award Hakinakina;
  • John Kingi, Youth Award Rangatahi Tu Maia;
  • Anika Moa, Music Award Waihanga;
  • Dale Ferries, Health Award Hauora;
  • Chanel Dvinci, Fashion Award Nga Mahi Toi
  • The Manu Dolls for the Arts and Culture Award

On the final day of the hui, participants agreed on a series of mandates relating to the health and wellbeing of takatapui and rangatahi in rural areas. There was also a focus on issues for transgender Maori, particularly whakawahine.

Hui Takatapui 2010 focussed on the health and wellbeing of takatapui and aimed to increase takatapui support for HIV prevention as well as providing leadership and advice on issues for takatapui . The Hui Takatapui 2010 also provided opportunities for Maori to network, have fun, play sport and be entertained in a safe and supportive social environment.

For further comment please contact:

  • Dawn O’Connor
  • National Communications Co-ordinator
  • New Zealand AIDS Foundation | Te Tuapapa Mate Araikoreo Aotearoa

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