Matariki Tauranga Moana celebrations are in full swing this June with a great programme of events to welcome the Māori New Year.
Matariki is a special time in the Māori calendar. This year we celebrate ‘Matariki Mārama Nui’ – sharing stories of Tauranga Moana from 7 Piripi (June) – 11 Hōngongoi (July).
Residents and visitors will be spoilt for choice with more than 40 events across Tauranga Moana. The Matariki programme began this week with local traditional navigator Jack Thatcher sharing his knowledge about Matariki at the summit of Mauao.
Carlo Ellis, Manager, Strategic Māori Engagement at Tauranga City Council says that the beauty of Matariki is that it is a kaupapa Māori that is shared with the community.
“Tangata whenua set the focus each year and lead the cultural teachings, while a range of community initiatives bring their own events alive to form a calendar of activities with something for everyone”, Carlo said.
“Whether you are interested in culture, astronomy, story-telling, navigation, arts, social activities or all of the above, it’s a real invitation to celebrate Tauranga Moana”, he said.
“Tauranga City Council is proud to support this collaborative initiative for another year.”
Matariki will end with a panel discussion on 10 July at The Tauranga Art Gallery about Te Iwa o Matariki (the nine stars of Matariki). The panel will discuss their personal connections with the constellation and its importance on their thinking. Panel members include Tawhai Rickard (Ngāti Uepohatu, Ngāti Porou) who concurrently presents The Misadventures of Te Kuri at the gallery.
In between this, there will be a number of exhibitions, live demonstrations, workshops and family-friendly events for all to enjoy.
Listen to a lecture for adults or storytelling for young ones. Take part in a workshop learning basic calligraphy for whakatauki (proverbs), make a bamboo kōauau (flute) or have a go at Mau rakau - basic Māori weaponry. Head along to Fergusson Park to fly your kite high or watch the professionals at play. Go on a two-day cultural training course or embark on a scavenger hunt collecting special cards run by the city libraries – Matariki Kohi Kāri.
Exhibitions, events and workshops coming up 10 - 18 Piripi (June)
Exhibitions commencing 11 Piripi (June)
Matariki – Ngā whetū katoa – by Michelle Arnold, The Incubator Hub
Te iwa o Matariki – by Michelle Estall, The Incubator Hub
Atua Māori – Māori gods – by Louis Mikaere, The Incubator Hub
Nga whetū o Matariki – by Nixon Mohi, The Incubator Hub
Moemoeā – An exhibition from a collective of artists from Te Tuhi Mareikura Trust, The Incubator Hub
Brad Burch Collection – photography display, Tauranga City Libraries
Live shows – 11 Piripi (June)
Harmonic Resonators and Te Kapahaka o Te Tini o Toi, The Incubator Hub
Workshops – 12 Piripi (June)
Maramataka, saving and labelling seeds, The Incubator Hub
He Atua – contemporary Māori graphic art, The Incubator Hub
Pō Pūrākau ki Tūtarawānanga, Tauranga City Libraries
Tamariki (children) sessions – 15 Pipiri (June) 1 Hōngongoi (July)
Iti Pounamu with Aroha, Tauranga City Libraries
Workshops – 17 Piripi (June)
Kōrero mai – Mātauranga Matariki, Tauranga City Libraries
Brush lettering whakatauki, The Incubator Hub
Take part and discover the significance of Matariki with whānau and friends. All event details and booking information is available at www.mymatariki.co.nz
The Matariki Tauranga Moana 2021 programme of events is proudly brought to you and supported by Department of Conservation, the Incubator Creative Hub, The Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga City Council, Tauranga City Libraries and Te Puna i Rangiriri Trust.