May 6, 2021

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Hui Takatapui and the National Takatapui Awards 2010, Oct 29-31, Wellington

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The Wellington Takatapui community in partnership with the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) are organising the upcoming Hui Takatapui and the National Takatapui Awards 2010. Hui Takatapui is the single biggest gathering for takatapui from across the country and will be held at Pipitea Marae, Wellington on 29-31 October 2010.

An annual event, Hui Takatapui celebrates and strengthens the sexual and gender diversity of Maori, especially rangatahi. This year, Hui Takatapui will focus on the health and well-being of Maori and aims to increase Maori support for HIV prevention as well as providing leadership and advice on issues for takatapui. The hui also provides opportunities for takatapui to network, have fun, play sport and be entertained in a safe and supportive social environment.

Incorporated into Hui Takatapui are the National Takatapui Awards, a black tie event to recognise outstanding achievement in the takatapui community held on the final night of the hui. Building on the success of the event in 2009, this years awards will be presented at Te Marae at Te Papa. The National Takatapui Awards recognise achievement in areas including sport, fashion and design, dance, and kapahaka. A Lifetime Achievement Award is presented at the event for overall community service in front of an audience of hundreds of hui attendees, media, invited guests, and general public.

Past recipients of National Takatapui Awards include Tamati Coffey, Dr Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, Mahinarangi Tocker, Louisa Wall, and Miss Ribena. This year, the evening will begin with red carpet interviews by Miss Jaye Glam, followed by award-winning meals, cocktails, champagne and live entertainment including Lisa Tomlins, kapahaka and Pacific dance performances.

Registrations for the Hui Takatapui open on 1 July 2010, and combined packages are available for both Hui Takatapui and the National Takatapui Awards.

Nominate Now!

The Awards recognise outstanding achievement in the takatapui community in the areas of fashion, music, arts and culture, academic achievement, sport, and youth achievement. A Life Time Achievement Award will also be presented to recognise outstanding life long contributions to the takatapui community.

To be eligible to vote, you must provide your full name and contact email address, and you must only cast one vote in each category. Please also include a reason to support your vote. Votes will close Friday 8 October at 5pm.

Who may be nominated?

Any individual who either identifies as Takatapui, or has contributed considerably to the Takatapui community. Nominees need to have either shown excellence in their respective field, or whose work has been acclaimed and acknowledged by their peers and the general public. Nominees must not be NZAF staff or members of the Hui Takatapui Komiti Whakahaere.

Who holds the record of the nomination forms?

Nominations submitted will be held under security until the nomination period has closed. All nominations will then be validated by a justice of the peace. Finalists will then be announced to the Takatapui community approximately one month before the Awards night.

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