Matariki Events

22 May
02 Jun
Purapura O Nga Whetu – portraits by Bob Tulloch
22 May to 02 June

An exhibition of photographic portraits of Kuia and Koroua of Tauranga Moana by Bob Tulloch.  Read more

26 May
15 Jun
A Noble Savage - an exhibition by Iata Peautolu
26 May to 15 June

The first solo exhibition by Iata Peautolu, Niuean (Hakupu Village) and Te Whanau a Apanui.  Read more

Tauranga Matariki Toddler Time
30 May

Matariki-themed story fun time for pre-schoolers and their caregivers   Read more

Papamoa Matariki Toddler Time
31 May

Matariki-themed story fun time for pre-schoolers and their caregivers   Read more

01 Jun
02 Jun
Cultural Connections training programme
01 June to 02 June

Cultural Connections is a Tauranga City Council staff training package designed and delivered by the Takawaenga Maori Unit.   Read more

Concert: Te Puru - the Golden Bull Lyre
03 June

“Matariki - the new beginning" – an intimate bull lyre concert with renowned harpist Natalia Mann, Jo'el Komene and Sundus Abdul Hadi.  Read more

04 Jun
18 Jun
Maori wood carving demonstration - Whare Thompson
04 June to 18 June

Traditional Maori wood carving demonstration with Whare Thompson. Whare will open his workshop during the Historic Village market day, to provide insight into his practice.   Read more

Matariki Kite Day
04 June

Come fly with us at Matariki Kite Day - a fun day out for the entire whanau  Read more

Mana Rangatahi – youth workshop
07 June

‘Growing leaders, realising potential’ - an interactive workshop for rangatahi (15-18 years) on the services available to increase their hauora (wellbeing).   Read more

07 Jun
28 Jun
Linda Munn workshop: painting by kupu
07 June to 28 June

A painting by kupu workshop with Linda Munn, using acrylic paint – no brushes required!  Read more

Lecture: Hoki Wairua Mai – with Antoine Coffin
07 June

Come hear about the discovery of 112 taonga from Tauranga Moana held in the Melbourne Museum.  Read more

Mauao Matariki Toddler Time
08 June

Matariki-themed story fun time for pre-schoolers and their caregivers   Read more

Kokako Dawn Chorus
10 June

Come learn about kokako with the Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust. Bookings essential.  Read more

10 Jun
11 Jun
Taniko Weaving Workshop with Wiki Bidois
10 June to 11 June

Weekend workshop: come learn Taniko a Maori variation of whatu (twining) to weave colourful, intricate patterns.  Read more

Matariki and Me
13 June

An evening with four significant Maori artists, discussing their works.  Read more

Po Purakau ki Tutara Wananga
13 June

Join us at the Greerton Library for a magical night of local storytelling followed by milo and marshmallows.  Read more

Tutara Wananga Matariki Toddler Time
14 June

Matariki-themed story fun time for pre-schoolers and their caregivers   Read more

Lecture: Defending Tauranga 1818 to 1840 – with Trevor Bentley
14 June

Come and listen to Trevor Bentley’s talk on defending Tauranga from the years 1818 to 1840.  Read more

Uku clay workshop with Linda Munn
17 June

Come learn to create uku using pinch pot, coil and slab techniques.  Read more

19 Jun
23 Jun
Matariki ki Mauao - Workshops for kids
19 June to 23 June

A series of workshops for school kids around the Matariki theme of kai and kites.   Read more

19 Jun
23 Jun
Matariki ki Mauao – hikoi tahi
19 June to 23 June

Join one of our early morning navigated tours on top of Mauao.   Read more

Lecture: the Battle of Te Ranga – with Des Tata
21 June

A lecture by Des Tata. 21 June 2017 marks the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Te Ranga here in Tauranga.   Read more

The Science Behind Kites
24 June

Join us at the House of Science to become an expert in all things kite! A workshop about how kites fly and what forces effect successful kite building.   Read more

Matariki ki Mauao – Whanau Day
25 June

A fun day for the whanau with kite flying, activities for kids, food stalls and demonstrations.   Read more

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Matariki Tauranga Moana 2017: Kai and Kites

Each year, the winter stars of Matariki signal the arrival of the Māori New Year. Traditionally, the rise of Matariki was a sign to ensure food crops had been harvested and the storehouses were well-stocked for the coming year. Matariki also brought communities together to share and to learn from each other. Nowadays, Matariki has become a time of revitalisation and resurgence of te reo Māori and mātauranga Māori traditions. Matariki is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate our history and make plans for the new layers of our future. In doing so, we acknowledge our traditions, language and culture, which gives us a sense of who we are.

Matariki Tauranga Moana invites everyone to discover the significance of Matariki and explore ways to observe the Māori New Year with whānau and friends.  Matariki Tauranga Moana 2017 will see the city come alive with a four-week programme of events including live performances, exhibitions, lectures and storytelling, family events, kite making and flying, art workshops and demonstrations, nature walks and celestial navigation. Come along and learn about what Matariki means for our city and our people. 

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