Nui te Kōrero 2021

Nui te Kōrero is Creative New Zealand’s annual leadership conference. It’s where managers, leaders, producers, practitioners, marketers and governors working in the arts gather for a national conversation about the big issues of the day.

This is a timely, important opportunity for us all to gather and kōrero about what the future looks like, what is required of us as leaders and how we can ensure the arts sector is well positioned collectively to respond to change.

When: Monday 28 & Tuesday 29 June 2021
Where: Te Papa, Wellington

About Nui te Kōrero 2021

This year’s theme is Leadership for Transformation/Toi Huarewa. Specifically, we’ll be looking at leadership within a Mātauranga Māori framework, drawing on the whakatauki: Ka mua, ka muri; walking backwards into the future – the idea that we should look to the past to inform our way forward. 
The theme will be explored through a combination of keynotes and breakout sessions which will focus on:

  • Mātauranga Māori 
    • Leadership from a Te Ao Māori space
    • Understanding Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles
    • Partnering with Māori
    • Arts practice development
    • Hauora (wellbeing)
  • Sector Leadership
    • Transformational leadership and adaptation in a COVID-19 environment
    • Digital leadership
    • Environmental sustainability

Find out more about our keynote speakers

More information on programme updates will be posted shortly.

Join us for a kōrero that will challenge, provoke and inspire change both within you and for your practice or organisation.  

We’re committed to bringing you a special event this year. In the current COVID-19 context, we’ll deliver this in-person event digitally should alert levels change.
Special thanks to Te Papa for partnering with us at Creative New Zealand on Nui te Kōrero.

This year we’re excited to be working with professional conference organiser Auaha to deliver Nui te Kōrero.

Ticket price

Tickets are now on sale - register for Nui te Kōrero now

Please note that after Monday 14 June 2021 tickets are non-refundable. Limited tickets are available, and once sold out there will be a waitlist. 

  • Early bird ticket (book by Monday 3 May 2021): $245 plus GST per person attending from an organisation
  • Full price ticket: $295 plus GST per person attending from an organisation
  • Early bird independent practitioner (book by Monday 3 May 2021): $45 plus GST per person
  • Full price independent practitioner: $65 plus GST per person

Priority will be given to those in our Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes and organisations that submitted an Expression of Interest in March 2020 to take part in our developmental programme Te Puāwaitanga.
Up to two places are available per organisation and we encourage organisations to give one place to a Māori, Pasifika, or young member of staff for professional development.

To encourage a cross-sector national conversation we’re again offering tickets to independent practitioners at a subsidised rate.

Video and resources from the Nui te Kōrero 2019

For registration enquiries, please contact Auaha:

For general enquiries, contact us at Creative New Zealand: