Matariki comes to the waterfront
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.
Silo Park gets ready for Matariki on the Waterfront.