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In Māori culture, a "hui" is a gathering or assembly. We use it to signify that people come together to discuss the open source ePortfolio system Mahara and the pedagogical uses of ePortfolios in many different contexts.

The Mahara Hui logo reflects this idea by bringing together members of the Mahara community. What better idea than to symbolize that with gathering around a campfire and sharing stories and ideas.

Mahara Hui logo

Entry link: Hui



Mahara means "to think" or "thinking" in Māori. It is the name of the open source ePortfolio system that is at the center of this conference.

Mahara logo

Entry link: Mahara


We will start Mahara Hui with a mihi, which is a Māori greeting. We will only be doing the speech by AUT and then respond with a waiata.

The waiata: Te aroha

Te aroha

Te whakapono

Me te rangimarie

Tatou tatou e
(For us all)


Entry link: Mihi



The pre-conference day. Since our conference is a hui, it is the pre-hui.

We are running a pre-hui day on 8 April 2015 for those who want to work together, explore an area of Mahara together with others or run a short workshop. If you are interested in running a session, please fill in the proposal submission form.

Possible activities are:

Entry link: Pre-hui



Mahara logoThe rauiri is the logo of Mahara.

In contemporary society, the single twist (rauiri) "represents the joining together of two people. Even though sometimes people move away, their journey of life will have their paths cross again. The single figure eight represents the path of life, it is the eternity symbol. (The single twist is different to the double or triple twist in that it refers to individual people, where the double and triple twist refers more to the joining of peoples, or cultures)." Source

Entry link: Rauiri