Make a move for Matariki fes­ti­val

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Maori New Year is nearly here. The ris­ing of the Matariki star con­stel­la­tion marks the be­gin­ning of the month-long fes­ti­val which brings with it more than 200 events show­cas­ing Maori cul­ture.

The fes­ti­val kicks off on Satur­day and runs un­til July 28. Here are a se­lec­tion of the events tak­ing place in the cen­tral area.

Martin Awa Clarke Lang­don, Em­body­ing the Past as Present as Fu­ture is an ex­hi­bi­tion es­pe­cially de­signed for Matariki. It takes place at The Pah Home­stead in Hills­bor­ough from June 17 to July 27. There is an artist talk on July 18 at 1.30pm.

Puke­ta­papa Manu Aute Kite Day. Head to Mt Roskill sum­mit for kite­build­ing and fly­ing, mu­sic, per­for­mances and food on June 28 from 10am till 4pm.

Matariki Dawn Plan­e­tar­ium Show delves into the cul­tural and as­tro­nom­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of the star clus­ter to Maori. The event is at Star­dome Ob­ser­va­tory, Royal Oak, June 28 to July 13, 7pm till 8.30pm.

Through Our Eyes Matariki Art Ex­hi­bi­tion show­cases the work of lo­cal artists and crafts­peo­ple. The ex­hi­bi­tion is on at One­hunga Com­mu­nity Cen­tre from July 4 from 6pm till 7.30pm and July 5 till July 21 from 9am till 5.30pm.

RTR Ran­gatahi Tu Ran­gatira is a se­ries of work­shops for any­one as­pir­ing to be on TV or work in the mu­sic in­dus­try. Work­shops take place at Mika Haka Foun­da­tion Stu­dios in Mt Roskill from July 5 till July 13 at 7pm.

M.A.D. Maori Af­ter Dark is an award-win­ning bur­lesque haka group. Per­for­mances take place on July 5, 6, 9, 13 at Mika Haka Foun­da­tion Stu­dios in Mt Roskill at 8pm. Cost $10.

Maisey Rika is giv­ing a free per­for­mance as part of Matariki on the Move at Te Mahure­hure Marae in Point Chevalier on July 10 from 7.30pm till 9.30pm.

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