Matariki comes to the wa­ter­front

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By OLIVIA SHIVAS

A cel­e­bra­tion at Silo Park from July 25 to 28 will mark the Maori New Year.

Matariki on the Wa­ter­front cel­e­brates the last week­end of the Matariki Fes­ti­val and in­cludes a wide range of events.

Wa­ter­front Auck­land place man­ager Frith Walker says hav­ing the cel­e­bra­tions on the wa­ter­front is sig­nif­i­cant be­cause that’s where the city be­gan.

She says Maori traded there by waka in pre-Euro­pean times and the first signs of set­tle­ment emerged there more than 300 years ago.

A sound and light dis­play starts the Matariki fes­tiv­i­ties at 5pm on July 25. It will fea­ture a multi-sen­sory se­ries of art in­stal­la­tions ex­plor­ing the themes of the Matariki Fes­ti­val.

Works by artists in­clud­ing John­son Wite­hira and An­gus Muir will be pro­jected across two si­los and around the park. King Kapisi, Che Fu and other DJs will pro­vide live mu­sic.

It wouldn’t be a cel­e­bra­tion with­out kai, so street food will be avail­able from ven­dors and the Silo Park bar.

Silo Six will host Nga Whao­tapu o Ta­maki Maka­rau (The Sa­cred Chis­els of Ta­maki Makau­rau), a live ex­hi­bi­tion of tra­di­tional Maori carv­ing fea­tur­ing six carvers from five tribal re­gions. It runs daily un­til July 28, from 10am to 2pm.

Also in Silo Six are three work­shops: The Leg­ends of Maui, a story-telling ex­pe­ri­ence us­ing tra­di­tional Maori in­stru­ments; Wananga Matariki – The An­cient His­tory of Matariki, which tells the story be­hind Matariki; and Ta moko – Skin Deep, a live tat­too­ing demon­stra­tion.

The Mighty Matariki Mar­kets will have more than 50 stalls and stands spe­cial­is­ing in Maori cul- ture and craft on the Satur­day and Sun­day. Live per­for­mances from a va­ri­ety of artists will fin­ish off the cel­e­bra­tions from noon un­til 5pm on the Sun­day.

Artists bring­ing the sound of Maori cul­ture in­clude Whenua Patuwai of The X Fac­tor NZ, award-win­ning con­tem­po­rary mu­si­cian Dud­ley Ben­son and the Mod­ern Maori Quar­tet.

Photo: SO­PHIE MERKENS

Art project:

Silo Park gets ready for Matariki on the Wa­ter­front.

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