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Matariki Tauranga Moana 2018

E ai ki ā Walter: According to Walter

This discerning exhibition of twenty photographs takes you behind the lens of self-confessed ‘tutu photographer’, 82-year-old Kaumatua, Walter Dickson. Telling his story through photographs, he welcomes you to his beloved community he calls ‘the window of Tauranga Moana’. Nau mai, haere ki Matapihi.

When: Friday 8 June – Sunday 1 July, during opening hours
Where: Tauranga City Library, 91 Willow Street, Tauranga
Price: Free

Matariki Lecture Series: Mauri the Miracle

Kia ora, I am Aisha Te Kani, a guest speaker in this year’s Matariki Lecture Series. I will share with you my own sense of mauri – my own life force, and the story that has forged it during difficult times. It is not easy to uphold a positive sense of self in the midst of trouble, pain or suffering, but I hope to share a message of encouragement and help you understand that, no matter what, mauri is miraculous and freeing when we have love, truth and courage.

When: Wednesday 13 June, 5.45pm – 6.45pm
Where: Tauranga City Council Chambers, 91 Willow St, CBD, Tauranga
Price: Free (booking essential)

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Te Reo Wainene o Tua - The Sweet Story of Yester-year

A te reo Māori storytelling Kaupapa, revitalising pūrākau, reviving oral traditions, normalizing te reo. The wonderful and talented storytellers, Joe Harawira, Tamati Waaka and Chey Milne from Te Reo Wainene o Tua are coming to Te Kura o Manunui. This is a full immersion te reo Māori event for Kohanga Reo, Puna Reo, Reo Rūmaki, Kura Kaupapa and Rūma Reorua.

When: Tuesday 19 June, 9.30amm – 12.30pm
Where: Te Kura o Manunui (Brookfield School)
Price: Free (limited numbers, booking essential)

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Toddler time with Aroha

Come and join us at the Mount Library for a fun filled half hour of Matariki themed stories, waiata and activities with Aroha. Parents and caregivers must remain with their children during the session and your participation is encouraged.

When: Wednesday, 20 June (Greerton library) and Thursday, 21 June (Mount library), 10.30am – 11am
Where: Greerton and Mount libraries
Price: Free

Matariki Lecture Series: Puawai Cairns

“From The Heart of the Ocean to Mauri Meters: manifestations of mauri”

Originally from Tauranga Moana, Puawai Cairns is Head of Mātauranga Māori / Māori Collection at Te Papa, where she works with lots of different communities around Aotearoa to present their own mātauranga Māori at the national museum. She will be sharing some of the stories she has encountered on multiple projects and exhibitions that have explored the multiple facets of the mauri concept, where she has learned that for as much as you learn about mauri, there will always more to understand and explore.

When: Wednesday 20 June, 5.45pm – 6.45pm
Where: Tauranga City Council Chambers, 91 Willow St, CBD, Tauranga
Price: Free

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Tauranga Toddler Time with Sharon Holt

Teachers and children all over New Zealand love Sharon Holt’s Te Reo Singalong books because they make it fun and easy to gain confidence in using te reo Māori. Each book turns into a catchy song with repetitive sentence structure. The gorgeous illustrations help to bring the story to life and each book is packed with extra resources that teachers love.

Sharon and Alan Holt, who write, publish, market and sell the books from their home in Te Aroha, love travelling to centres and schools to perform the Te Reo Singalong books for children and teachers. Join us as they bring together six books for Matariki during an energetic and interactive 35-minute show featuring costumes, puppets, actions and props. Books will be available to purchase for a special discounted price at the event.

When: Tuesday 26 June (Tauranga), and Wednesday, 27 June (Pāpāmoa library) 10.30am – 11am   
Where: Holy Trinity Church Hall, 215 Devonport Rd, Tauranga.
Price: Free (bookings essential)

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Matariki Lecture Series: Getting To Know The Natives

These workshops are designed to introduce you to some native plants and the people who use them. You will learn traditional rongoā Māori philosophies and practices and make your own rongoā balm to take home with you.

Donna Kerridge is a respected traditional Māori medicine practitioner and trainer of Waikato Tainui descent. She is a rongoā advisor to a number of government agencies, tertiary institutions and research organisations across the country. She is also a contracted negotiator for the national collective of rongoā Māori practitioners, Te Kāhui Rongoā. Donna believes fostering a mutual respect for traditional Māori healing principles and knowledge alongside contemporary medical practices offers the potential for enhanced well-being for the people of Aotearoa.

When: Tuesday 26 June, 10am – 1pm and Wednesday 27 June, 10am – 1pm
Where: Greerton Library, Te Ao Mārama ki Tutarawānanga, 139 Greerton Rd, Greerton, Tauranga.
Price: The workshop costs $5 to cover materials and equipment used. This is paid on the day (cash only). Numbers are limited to 25 per workshop. Booking your place is essential.

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Pō Pūrākau ki Tutara Wānanga

Dress in your PJ's and join us for a magical Matariki storytelling night at Greerton Library! During an energetic and interactive show, storytellers Sharon and Alan Holt will bring their te reo Māori sing-along books to life. Children can also help us act out a Tauranga legend and participate in craft-making activities before heading home to bed. Suitable for children of pre-school and primary school age (adults must stay with their children).

When: Tuesday 26 June, 6pm – 8pm
Where: Greerton Library
Price: Free (Limited numbers)

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Ko Mauao te Maunga: Legend of Mauao (Book Launch)

Join us to celebrate the launch of Debbie McCauley’s new book, Ko Mauao te Maunga: Legend of Mauao.

The history of Mauao, along with the legend, is one of heartbreak and struggle, but also one of endurance, strength and unity.  Ko Mauao te Maunga: Legend of Mauao is a bilingual children's picture book in English and te reo Māori retelling the traditional Legend of Mauao, and is to be released during Matariki Tauranga Moana.

Debbie’s highly anticipated book will be read with audience members helping us to act out the story, followed by some Mauao-themed activities.

Held at the Tauranga Yacht club, with views over to Mauao, this will be a fun event open to the public. 

When: Thursday 28 June, 1 - 2pm
Where: Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point, Tauranga
Price: Free

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Matariki Kite Day

It’s here, it’s here, the day has come, so grab your favourite kite and take it for a run.

Remember a warm jacket, scarf and hat, and how about a yummy snack?

Don’t forget dad, brother, sister, nana, granddad, rover and mum, after all, Matariki kite day is for everyone!

This event is weather dependent.

When: Sunday 1 July, 12pm – 4pm
Where: Fergusson Park, Tilby Drive, Matua
Price: Free

Published: Friday, 25 May 2018 10:00 by Tauranga City Council

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