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Matariki 2022

Matariki 2022

Matariki Taurnaga Moana 2022 Programme (2.35mb pdf)

Matariki Kite Day 2022

The kites of the NZ Kite Flyers association are ready to grace our skies once again with their many shapes, colours, and sizes! 

In celebration of Matariki, Tauranga City Libraries and the New Zealand Kite Flyers association present the annual Matariki Kite Day.  

Connecting heaven and earth, kites are traditionally flown at Matariki to send karakia to those that had passed and to send wishes for the future to the heavens. 

So, wrap up, bring your whānau, some hot chocolate, and a kite of your own down to the beachside of Fergusson Park to join in on the winter festivities. There will also be a range of food stalls and a children’s activity space. 

Flying your own kite is encouraged, but please ensure to keep it out of the association fly space.

Fergusson Park, Matua 
Sunday 19 June 
12 noon – 4pm 

Listening to the Land: An evening with Robert McGowan (Pa Ropata)

Nau Mai Haere Mai, Tauranga City Libraries’ is honoured to present an evening with Robert McGowan, QSM. 

Robert, an author, conservationist, practitioner, and educator, has contributed to the revival and restoration of Rongoā Māori (traditional Māori healing) in Aotearoa. With his work guided by the whakatauki ‘Ka ora te whenua, ka ora te tāngata - When the land is well, the people will be well’, Robert will speak of his journey to knowledge and share experiences and steps that we can all take to be part of the journey to wellness of the whenua and the people. Robert will speak on rongoā, conservation, plant identification, his relationship with maramataka and with Matariki. Join us for this special evening.

He Puna Manawa 
Wednesday, 15 June 
6pm - 7:30pm 

Book your spot here

Seed Exchange

Come along to our seed exchange to share your bounty with others and gain some diversity in your garden. 

Matariki is a time to think about preparing for the year ahead, particularly crops. The brightness of the stars is an indicator if it will be a year of bounty or a year with poor yield—let us hope for bright stars this Matariki!

Bring along your excess seeds to exchange. Seeds can be home harvested or store bought, but they must be named. 

Some random seed packets will also have gardening goody vouchers enclosed and we will have a supply of mini-seed starter kits available for children. 

Seeds may be of any variety so long as they are not pest or noxious plants. We will also have simple Matariki maramataka available as a gardening guide. 

He Puna Manawa
Saturday, 11 June 
9:30am – 12:30pm

Raranga with Parewhati

Nau mai haere mai,

Come and learn about the tikanga of raranga and the basics of flax weaving from local weaver Parewhai Taikato. Follow along with Parewhati as she shows you how to make a flax wristband and putiputi flower. This workshop is suitable for adults, all levels of experience welcome. 

He Puna Manawa
Saturday, 11 June 
2pm - 3pm

Book your spot here

Matariki Scratch Coding

Come along and learn more about Matariki while learning how to program with Scratch computer code! 

This session is for ages 5—100 and will teach you how to create an interactive Matariki scene. Aimed at beginner programmers, this activity will explore some digital design topics and give people of all ages a chance to try their hand at writing simple code using Scratch. 

We will provide the laptops, just bring yourselves!

He Puna Manawa
Friday, 10 June 
4:30pm - 5:30pm 

Book your spot here

Greerton Library 
Tuesday, 14 June 
4:30pm - 5:30pm 

Book your spot here

Matariki Macarena Ukulele

Come along to this free session and learn how to play the ukulele. We will teach you how to play some basic ukulele chords and teach you the song “Matariki Macarena”. Through the song, you will learn about the seven stars of Matariki and what they represent.  

We will provide the ukuleles or if you have your own ukulele please feel free to bring it along! We are happy to tune it for you. 

This event is for ages 7—100, and you don’t need any musical experience at all!

He Puna Manawa
Friday, 17 June 
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Book your spot here

Iti Pounamu with Aroha

Come along to a special Iti Pounamu to celebrate Matariki with Aroha!

Join us for a special Matariki-themed Iti Pounamu session featuring songs, stories, and fun for under 5s. No bookings are required. 

We ask that while we are in the Orange setting, Early Childhood Centres do not attend (a bespoke session can be organised for ECE centres on request)

Mount Maunganui Library 
Thursday, 9 June 
10.30am - 11am

Tauranga Library 
Tuesday, 14 June 
10.30am - 11am

Pae Korokī Drop-ins

Drop-in to He Puna Wanangā at He Puna Manawa, where the Heritage and Research team will guide you through the online wonders of Pae Korokī - nau mai tautī mai ki te pae tukutuku a Tauranga archives online. Explore historic images, maps, publications, audio, video, and research articles to discover the diverse and unique stories of Tauranga Moana. Set up your own account to gather your favourite items and help enrich online descriptions. 

No bookings necessary, arrive anytime during the timeslots. There will be some PCs available, or you can bring your laptop or smart phone.

"Rapua te kura tū te whiwhi a nuku, te kura tū te whiwhi a rangi" - Seek the treasures, that which come from the heavens and the earth"

He Puna Wānanga (at He Puna Manawa) 

Tuesday, 31 May
Thursday, 2 June
Tuesday, 7 June
Thursday, 9 June
Thursday, 16 June
Tuesday, 21 June
Thursday, 23 June

10am – 11am

Posted: May 10, 2022,
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Author: Libby Hare

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