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master of ceremonies - Tuari Potiki 

Tuari Potiki has had a rich involvement across the education, justice, mental health and Māori health sectors for well over 25 years. Before taking his current position as the Director of the University of Otago’s Office of Māori Development in 2012, Tuari was previously the General Manager of Strategic Operations with the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand and the Deputy Chief Executive of the Ngāi Tahu Development Corporation. Of Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe and Waitaha descent, Tuari is also the Chairman of the Drug Foundation. He has also served as a Board Member of the Southern District Health Board, the Canterbury District Health Board and the Canterbury Community Trust. In 2013, Tuari was appointed to the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship. He has also previously been an Executive Member of the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (dapaanz). He was also the Senior Māori Advisor to the National Addiction Centre who sit within the University of Otago.

preconference meetings wednesday 18 september


Asian workshop - Working with Addiction with CALD Clients - Register here 

Gray's Room, Cordis Hotel

9.00am - 3.45pm


Māori Hui - Register here 

Ōrākei Marae, 59B Kitemoana Street, Ōrākei, Auckland 1071: Ōrākei Marae 

Time: 8.30am - 3.30pm

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GPS DRUA Fono - Register here

Gallery 4, Cordis Hotel

9.00am - 4.30pm


conference programme

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7.30am: Registration and information desk opens 

8.45am to 5.10pm: conference

7.00pm: Oscarz awards dinner 


8.30am: Registration and information desk opens 

9.00am to 4.30pm: conference


15min Mirimiri will be available during lunch breaks

Mirimiri and Romiromi (deep tissue massage) are imbued with the wānanga lore/ancient teachings and philosophies of Te Ao Māori. These tāonga/gifts facilitate holistic healing. Mirimiri is everywhere. It is the sun on the skin, the rain on the land, the warm embrace of a loved one. Mirimiri can happen without Romiromi, but Romiromi can't happen without mirimiri. Romiromi is the physical practice of stimulating the pressure points of the body to release energy blockages. This not only promotes a balanced central nervous system, but also shifts emotion and trauma. Mirimiri and Romiromi work together to restore our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. Tihei Mauri Ora.