The whakataukī for 2023 Hui-ā-Tau is Te kōmako, kahikatea teitei, ka taea - Even the smallest bellbird can ascend the height of the Kahikatea.

This whakataukī is about perseverance, setting goals and working towards them.It is about completing even the smallest task so that together we can build and scale the heights of the challenges before us.

The Kahikatea grows into the tallest native tree we have in Aotearoa, even taller than the Kauri tree.

It is often a host tree for other species of tree that grow and survive on its branches.

The Kōmako or the Korimako is a bird that is known for its song.

It is a messenger bird and a calling bird, heard throughout the forest.

Key dates

  • Sunday 30 April: Closing date for recommendations for Honorary Fellow or Life Members
  • Thursday 1 June: Closing date for nominations for Associate or Fellow awards
  • 12 June: Registration for Hui-ā-Tau starts
  • Friday 23 June: Closing date for receipt of resolutions to amend rules or policy
  • 7 July: Registration for Hui-ā-Tau closes
  • Sunday 23 July: Branches, Aronui Tōmua and Komiti Pasifika are notified of resolutions and rule changes
  • Sunday 24 – Wednesday 27 September: Annual Meeting | Hui-ā-Tau in Rotorua

Awards of the Institute

Nominations are currently open for NZEI Te Riu Roa awards. You can find links to the guidelines plus nomination and referee forms here: Honours Process 2023.

If you have any queries about the awards, please contact


During Annual Meeting, which forms a part of Hui-ā-Tau, members have the opportunity to propose resolutions. These can be resolutions to change the rules of the organisation, amend the organisation's policy, or to take a stance on an issue.