Mana Moana: Ōtepoti

Dunedin poised for spectacular inaugural Matariki holiday show

📹 Louise Potiki Bryant (2019) Ki uta ki tai

A spectacular water and light show will herald the inaugural Matariki holiday in Dunedin 24‒26 June. Over three nights, Mana Moana: Ōtepoti will entertain and inspire, through a breath-taking and poignant cinematic experience on the Otago Harbour waterfront.

The free Dunedin City Council-funded event will bring together the work of Māori and Pāsifikā artists through images, short film, poems, dance and more, all projected onto a water screen, creating the illusion of appearing out of thin air.

Mayor of Dunedin Aaron Hawkins, says the event will be an opportunity for the Dunedin community and visitors from elsewhere, to come together to celebrate the season and learn more about Te Ao Māori.

“Ōtepoti Dunedin has been celebrating Puaka Matariki for many years in our own unique way, recognising the local Kāi Tahu custom of the return of both Puaka and Matariki in our midwinter skies,” Mr. Hawkins says.

“It’s an exciting time to now be celebrating Matariki as a National Holiday; our first holiday to acknowledge Te Ao Māori and share in a tradition that will help shape Aotearoa’s future identity.

Mana Moana: Ōtepoti will be an inspiring experience and an opportunity for the community to come together beside our harbour, under the southern skies to celebrate this special time of the year and be inspired by Māori and Pāsifikā artists.”

Based on a concept by co-curators Rachael Rakena and Michael Bridgman and produced by Wellington-based production studio Storybox, Mana Moana: Ōtepoti will reflect the connections of Ōtepoti Dunedin to the wider Moananui-a-Kiwa through a series of uplifting stories, that also share the indigenous approach to caring for our environment and water.

The show will run on a reoccurring 30-minute loop, between 5.30pm – 8.30pm over the three nights, allowing multiple opportunities for people to enjoy the spectacle.
To complement the festivities a food night market is planned, alongside hospitality offerings from established eateries in the area.

Jeanette Wikaira Manahautū Dunedin City Council, who leads the Puaka Matariki programme says Mana Moana: Ōtepoti will wow and inspire.

Mana Moana: Ōtepoti is a new and exciting event that will take place on our harbour, acknowledging the beauty and mana of Ōtepoti’s natural environment,” Ms Wikaira says.
“It will be an immersive, digital storytelling celebration like no other.”

Mana Moana: Ōtepoti coincides with the annual Puaka Matariki Festival which runs from Tuesday 21 June ‒ Sunday 3 July. Unique to Ōtepoti Dunedin, the Festival will offer a citywide programme of community events celebrating the midwinter season of wānaka (learning) and whanaukataka (community spirit). This year’s Puaka Matariki Festival opens publicly with Matariki Ahuka Nui, a mana whenua led dawn ceremony for all, held at Otago Museum on Friday 24 June. This dawn celebration is about welcoming the stars in the morning sky, remembering those who have passed and coming together as a community over shared kai.

More information about the wider 2022 Puaka Matariki Festival programme will be released soon.

Event details:
Mana Moana: Ōtepoti
Friday 24 ‒ Sunday 26 June 2022
5.30pm ‒ 8.30pm
Steamer Basin, Wharf Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin

Rob Thorne: Porotiti Mindfulness Meditation

Taoka Puoro Workshops and Performance

Public Performance

Bring your porotiti to join Rob in the Upper Octagon for a mass performance of porotiti meditation – what a peaceful start to the rest of the year! Nau mai, tauti mai – everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy the experience.

McMillan Stand

 

Puaka Matariki Festival @ City Library: The lost art of…

Connect with your community in a series of talks and adventures rediscovering traditional pastimes. Nau mai, haere mai – all welcome!

Hand sewing: Stitch Kitchen’s community art for all the whānau

Make a statement with our patches collage and stitch them to your favourite tee or tote bag. All materials provided.

Suitable for ages 8+ and able to use a sewing needle safely; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Living Hub, Ground Floor

Booking essential as limited spaces.

Rob Thorne: Porotiti Mindfulness Meditation at Araiteuru Marae

Taoka Puoro Workshops and Performance

Workshop

Take a moment with taoka puoro composer, performer and anthropologist Rob Thorne (Ngāti Tumutumu) to learn about traditional Māori musical instruments (taoka puoro), and how to play the porotiti – a spun instrument used in respiratory system healing.

Learn and achieve both a moving and a breathing meditation that also incorporates a sonic meditation made by the porotiti, and take your porotiti home at the end of the session.

These are beginner’s level workshops, so no previous experience is required. Suitable for the entire family; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Limited numbers, bookings essential – contact Araiteuru Marae on 03 466 7919 or araiteuru.marae@xtra.co.nz

Puaka Matariki Festival @ City Library: The lost art of…

Connect with your community in a series of talks and adventures rediscovering traditional pastimes. Nau mai, haere mai – all welcome!

Hand sewing: Stitch Kitchen’s community art for teens

Make a statement with our patches collage and stitch them to your favourite tee or tote bag. All materials provided. Rakatahi aged 13‒18.

Teen Space

Booking essential as limited spaces.

Mai i Te Pō ki Te Ao Mārama | From Darkness into Light

Kei Te Pai Press launches its 2021 “Re-imagining the future” journal, Mai i te pō ki te ao mārama at this year’s Puaka Matariki Festival, connecting the volume’s theme – from darkness into the light – to the season’s spirit of renewal and new beginnings.

Featuring some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading artists and writers, including award-winning essayist Anna Rankin (Ngāti Hūrai) and academic Hemi Hireme (Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa), this volume will also republish poetry from a leading 20th century takata Māori essayist, the late rakatira Arapera Blank (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu).

Join Kei Te Pai’s Morgan Godfery (Ngāti Awa) and Hana Pera Aoake (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Hinerangi) for live readings and the screening of several short films from leading artists like Dan Sanders (Ngāti Hūrai).

Nau mai, haere mai!

Tūhura Taster at the Golden Centre

Puaka and Matariki are rising – have you seen them? Come by Otago Museum’s pop-up at the Golden Centre to learn how to find them, what they mean for us here on Earth, and what they can tell us about the life cycles of stars.

This event is presented by the New Zealand International Science Festival.

Yoga Under The Matariki Moon

Celebrate Matariki with blissful nourishing yoga under the Full Moon at Hanover Hall. Explore the divination of Matariki in movement and meditation and set your flow of grace for the day and for a sparkling New Year, with Jessica Latton from the Dunedin Yoga Studio.

Completely new to yoga? This is the perfect time to start! All levels welcome.

This event is presented by the New Zealand International Science Festival.

Bookings essential – book online at scifest.org.nz/programme/yoga

Rob Thorne: Porotiti Mindfulness Meditation

Taoka Puoro Workshops and Performance

Workshops

Take a moment with taoka puoro composer, performer and anthropologist Rob Thorne (Ngāti Tumutumu) to learn about traditional Māori musical instruments (taoka puoro), and how to play the porotiti – a spun instrument used in respiratory system healing.

Learn and achieve both a moving and a breathing meditation that also incorporates a sonic meditation made by the porotiti, and take your porotiti home at the end of the session.

These are beginner’s level workshops, so no previous experience is required. Suitable for the entire family; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dunedin Public Libraries, Citywide – check the event listings for addresses

Bookings essential – book online at dunedinlibraries.govt.nz/whats-on/events-calendar

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