Matariki 2020


13–26 Hōngongoi July 2020

Venue: The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora

For Matariki 2020, we're focusing on hauora (health & wellbeing) through ngā toi (the arts).

We'll be hosting free workshops and events by Māori practitioners, as well as creativity online.

Celebrations will run from 13 July to 26 July 2020. The Mākete Matariki will be on Sunday 26 July.

 

About Matariki

Matariki is the Māori New Year based on the lunar calendar. It is a time to celebrate new life, remember those who’ve passed on, and plan for the future. The start of the new dawn is a time to gather with whānau and friends and celebrate what has been and what is to come.

The full name of the Matariki star cluster is “Ngā mata o te ariki Tāwhirimātea” – the eyes of the ariki Tāwhirimātea, god of the winds and weather. When Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, the earth mother, were separated from their dark embrace by Tāne, Tāwhirimātea was distraught. He tore out his eyes, crushed them into pieces and stuck them onto the chest of the sky.

This star cluster is known by many names throughout the world. In Hawaii it is known as Makali’i – eyes of the king, in Greece it is known as Pleiades, and in Japan it is most famously known as Subaru.

The nine stars in the constellation of Matariki oversee different areas of importance in Māori life. They are; Matariki, Pōhutukawa, Waitī, Waitā, Waipuna-ā-rangi, Tupuānuku, Tupuārangi, Ururangi, and Hiwa-i-te-rangi. Early Māori did not view the constellation as a whole when gaining knowledge for the year ahead, but instead sought insight from the individual stars.

For mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Matariki is an important time. This is the time when whānau ensure their pātaka (food storehouses) are full. It is a time for them to reflect and plan how the land and waterways should be nurtured and prepared to ensure a bountiful and sustainable harvest season.

 

The Arts Centre’s Matariki programme is supported by Christchurch City Council’s Strengthening Communities Fund.

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Image: Harakeke star by Kahu Collective. 

 

Details of this FREE programme

Keep checking back as we continue to add more events and activities.

Mahina-Ina Kingi-Kaui: Matariki Taonga Pūoro
13–26 Hōngongoi July 2020 Great Hall

Enjoy a short taonga pūoro (traditional Māori instrument) audio visual presentation. Find out more

Aoraki Matatū: a Matariki exhibition
14 to 26 Hōngongoi July 2020 Boys’ High

This is a proud showcase of mahi toi (artwork) by emerging and established Ngāi Tahu artists. It covers a variety of media including weaving, carving, painting and fashion. Find out more

Matariki star hop obstacle course
13–26 Hōngongoi July 2020 Market Square

Hop on down to enjoy this Matariki themed obstacle course at The Arts Centre during Matariki 2020. Find out more

Astrolabe - Whakaterenga online
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Astrolabe - Whakaterenga is an immersive creative work that combines virtual reality, dance, sound, light and kinetic sculpture. Find out more

Yoga Warriors yoga session
13 Hōngongoi July 2020 Great Hall

Bring your comfy clothes and join Founder of Yoga in Schools and Yoga Warriors, Letesha Hallet for this FREE session for all ages in the beautiful Great Hall. Find out more

Workshop: Rama Tuna (Matariki Lanterns)
14 Hōngongoi July School of Art

Craft a tuna inspired Matariki lantern from a used disposable takeaway coffee cup. Find out more

Drop-in session: Whetū Harakeke (flax stars)
15 Hōngongoi July 2020 Great Hall

Join the team from Kahu Collective to create a beautiful Whetū Harakeke Find out more

Hikitia te Hā: breathing workshop
15 & 19 Hōngongoi July 2020 Great Hall

Learn Hikitia Te Hā, a series of simple te ao Māori breathing exercises. Find out more

Workshop: Tohu Tuna (tuna bookmarks)
16 Hōngongoi July 2020 School of Art

Use cut-out techniques and collage to create a unique bookmark or piece of art from harakeke paper, inspired by tuna (eels) with artists Paula Rigby and Piri Cowie. Find out more

Workshop: Tuia (stitched art inspired by tukutuku)
Friday 17 July School of Art

Tuia means to stitch, so using thread children will create a small artwork using stitches that explore Māori design including those from marae tukutuku panels. Find out more

Mātāora: the many dimensions of wellbeing
18 Hōngongoi July 2020 Great Hall

Join Te Kahui Aroha ki Waitaha a collective of local Māori healers who will gather to share their diverse practices and mātauranga knowledge of Traditional Māori Healing. Find out more

Workshop: Hei taringa (earrings from harakeke offcuts)
18 Hōngongoi July 2020 Workshop

Create unique earrings using harakeke and basic weaving skills with the Kahu collective team Find out more

Workshop: Whetū Bling (embellished stars)
22 Hōngongoi July 2020 School of Art

Create a beautiful woven star from satin ribbon and embellish with a smattering of bling (seed beads or sequins) with artists Paula Rigby and Piri Cowie. Find out more

Workshop: Ngā Taonga Pūoro - Traditional Māori Instruments with Mahina-Ina Kingi-Kaui
23 Hōngongoi July 2020 Great Hall

At this workshop you will experience an introduction to taonga pūoro practice and the instruments themselves, and demonstrations of how ngā taonga pūoro can enhance and weave with other instruments fr Find out more

Kōrero (talk): Aoraki Matatū
Saturday 25 July Boys’ High

Join Ngāi Tahu artists from the exhibition Aoraki Matatū (link) for a discussion about their work faciltated by Paula Rigby. Find out more

Mākete Matariki
Sunday 26 July The Gym

Come and enjoy a special Arts Centre Mākete that celebrates Matariki. Find out more

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