Nui te Kōrero 2021

Nui te Kōrero is Creative New Zealand’s annual arts 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.

When: Monday 28 & Tuesday 29 June 2021

What does the future looks like, what's required of us as  leaders and how we can ensure the arts sector is well positioned collectively to respond to change?

UPDATE 24 JUNE 2021 - we're going digital

He tau hou, He ara hou kia haumaru ai tātou
We have a new path to ensure everyone remains safe 

Due to the rise to alert level 2 in Wellington, Nui te Kōrero is going digital!

What this means is that we’re switching to a digital version of the programme for our two-day annual arts sector conference on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 June.

Buy a Nui te Kōrero Digital Ticket

Since we’re no longer limited for (physical) capacity for Nui te Kōrero, we can offer this experience to more people in the arts sector – we’re welcoming registrations from artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations.

We’re offering artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations a Nui te Kōrero Digital Ticket for $150 + GST.

Register for a Nui te Kōrero Digital Ticket

This digital ticket will give you access to both days of the conference via your desktop and devices. 

If you choose to register for a Nui te Kōrero Digital Ticket, we’ll send you instructions on how to download and access the online event through the ACE Event App, which is available via desktop and devices.

Here's the digital programme

View/download the digitally revised programme (PDF | 205KB)

We've got eight sessions you can attend, as well as the opening keynote panel and three keynote presentations. Sessions will run consecutively one after the other (as opposed to simultaneously), so you’ll have the opportunity to tune into them all should you wish.

We intend to record sessions to share with Nui te Kōrero attendees later, so there’s no pressure for you to catch every session live. You can also come and go as you need to manage that Zoom fatigue.

Where else can I access Nui te Kōrero content?

If you’d prefer not to register for the two-day event, we’re livestreaming our opening speeches, keynote panel and keynote presentations through our Creative New Zealand Facebook page and YouTube channel at no cost – so you’ll still be able to access these speeches.

What do if you've already registered for Nui te Kōrero

We know you’ll share our disappointment at not being able to come together kanohi ki te kanohi, but we need to put the safety and wellbeing of everyone first, while also honouring the time commitment you’ve made to be a part of this special kaupapa.

If you’ve registered for Nui te Kōrero you’ll have received email instructions on how to download the ACE Event app for Nui te Kōrero to join virutally.

If you're a Board Chair, that gathering is now postponed to a later date. In the meantime, all Board Chairs are encouraged to join Nui te Kōrero virtually (at no extra cost) next Monday and Tuesday using the log in details that have been emailed through.

Please refer to your email on how to download the apps to both your desktop and devices.

If you have any questions or require assistance with downloading either versions of the app, please email us on or phone Beckie on 04 910 5473.

We welcome any pātai (questions) you might have as we realise time is of the essence. Please email us on

We look forward to you joining us online!

Kia kaha whānau.

Ka mate kainga tahi, ka ora kainga rua kia tau te manaakitanga ki runga i a tātou.
When one house is disturbed another can be errected. We are able to pivot to ensure safety for all.

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

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

Other information

Video and resources from the Nui te Kōrero 2019

For registration enquiries, please contact Auaha:

For general enquiries, contact us at Creative New Zealand: