Te Urungi: Innovating Aotearoa events schedule

While we hope to return to face to face delivery of Te Urungi, the COVID-19 escalation makes this uncertain. To prepare for all eventualities, we’re designing the online format for Te Urungi to create the best possible experience for participants. 

Te Urungi began its journey in Te Whanganui-a-Tara the Wellington region on 30 April – 2 May 2021. There will be Te Urungi events in a total of 14 regions across the motu as part of this nationwide series. There will also be online events.

It’s expected that most events will be held in 2021.There is some flexibility with this timing to ensure that we can be responsive to each community. It’s possible that some may take place in early 2022.

Teams are encouraged to attend the event in the region where they are based. Te Urungi is more than just a funding events series. The ambition is to build on the connections formed during regional events to nurture an ongoing, collaborative innovation community.

The dates and venues for each region will be added as they are confirmed. You can express your interest in your preferred region to receive email updates. Please note, you will still need to register to attend an event. Expressing your interest does not guarantee a place at a Te Urungi event.

Confirmed events

Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 October 2021

Manawatū Whanganui (online)

Register here 
Friday 12 – Sunday 14 November 2021 Te Matau-a-Māui - Hawke's Bay Registrations open 26 October
Friday 26 – Sunday 28 November 2021 Waikato  Registrations open 9 November
Friday 10 – Sunday 12 December 2021 Tauihu-o-te-Waka Marlborough and Whakatū - Nelson Registrations open 23 November

Upcoming events

Dates for events in these regions will be added to this page as they are confirmed.

  • Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
  • Tūranganui-a-Kiwa Gisborne
  • Te Tai Tokerau Northland - Kerikeri being rescheduled
  • Online events 

Past Te Urungi events


2 - 3 October 2021

Te Moana a Toi-te-Huatahi Bay of Plenty 

Online event

18 - 19 September 2021

Ngamotu Taranaki

Online event

6 - 8 August 2021

Te Tai Poutini West Coast

Venue: Te Runanga o Ngāti Waewae, Arahura Marae

16 - 18 July 2021

Murihiku Southland

Venue: Bill Richardson Transport World, Waihōpai Invercargill

2 - 4 July 2021

Ōtākou Otago

Venue: Petridish, Ōtepoti Dunedin

18 - 20 June 2021

Waitaha Canterbury

Venue: Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery school, Ōtautahi Christchurch

30 April - 2 May 2021

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington 

Venue: Pātaka, Porirua

Fund recipients
12 May (then 26 May) 2021

Online event: Developed projects


Fund recipients 




Updated on 13th October 2021