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Matariki Tauranga Moana 2019: E haere ake nei – coming up!

Rāmere 28 Pipiri ki Rātapu 14 Hōngongoi
Friday 28 June to Sunday 14 July

There is plenty for everyone to celebrate Matariki, the Māori New Year, in Tauranga Moana. Here’s what’s coming up to round up the Matariki 2019 programme of events:

For the tamariki (kids)

  • 29 Pipiri: Natural treasure children’s workshop – a Matariki-inspired creative activity using natural resources collected locally, led by an inspired florist. Info

Concerts, workshops and learning for adults

  • 30 Pipiri: Workshop: Ngā Mahi Tākaro – a workshop for adults in contemporary harakeke (flax) toy making. Info
  • 30 Pipiri: Workshop: a Muka Experience – learn a non-traditional method of extracting muka (flax fibres), used to weave korowai or piupiu. Info
  • 14 Hōngongoi: Workshop: WAI.TAI with Robyn Kamira – learn an original waiata in te reo Māori from the WAI.TAI set list. Info
  • 14 Hōngongoi: WAI.TAI concert – a Te Reo fusion performance of Māori rhythm and vibes. Everything from subdued and ambient, to rocking and toe-tapping. Info


  • Open until 2 Hōngongoi (2 July): Te Whānau o Matariki – an Incubator Gallery group exhibition by established and emerging artists gathered as a family under the Matariki star. Info
  • Open until 3 Hōngongoi (3 July): Ruahine by Michelle Estall – an exhibition of artwork based around contemporary Māori Ruahine, inspired by the writing of Te Iwa Makere Tamaki. Info
  • Open until 3 Hōngongoi (3 July): Mātātoa – Mumu Returns – an exhibition of Taonga Pūoro artist Mumu (Will Moore). Info
  • Open until 5 Hōngongoi (5 July): Matariki Hao Tāngata – a retrospective of black and white photography from Kapua Joy Bennett, at the central library. Info

Open until October 2019: 

  • Hā: Lewis Tamihana Gardiner – this pounamu artist is considered a leading contemporary figure in jade carving; known for his ability to produce work on a large scale as well as smaller intricate items. Info
  • 'Blood Water Earth' by Louise Potiki Bryant and Santee Smith – an immersive video installation and ceramic display arising out of an international indigenous collaboration. Info
  • Mātiro: A survey of photography by Kapua Joy Bennett – a retrospective of black and white photography from the 1970s -1980s. Info

Go to www.mymatariki.co.nz for the full Matariki Tauranga Moana 2019 programme.

Posted: Jun 27, 2019,
Categories: General,


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