2020 Otago Polyfest CANCELLED

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E aku nui, e aku iti, tēnā koutou katoaNei te reo rahiri e rere atu ana ki a koutou i ngā āhuatanga o te wā.Ko te tumanako ia ka noho haumaru koutou katoa i roto i tō ake mirumiru hauora. Heoti he raru ki uta he raru ki tai! E te whānau e whakapono ana mātou i te kōrero “He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.” Nō reira tēnei te mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa. 

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Te Mana Ahua Ake Charitable Trust, which organises Otago Polyfest, is sad to confirm the cancellation of this year’s festival. The 27th Otago Polyfest was scheduled to be held in September at the Edgar Centre in Dunedin. 

“After carefully considering the risks the global COVID-19 pandemic poses to the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved, we regret to announce this decision,” say trustees and co-chairs, Angelina Kiore and Pip Laufiso. 

The trustees say it is unclear when early learning services and schools will be able to plan, rehearse and organise their groups. Furthermore, groups rely on the significant contribution made by kaumatua, elders and community whānau who may be compromised by large gatherings and potential exposure to infections. The trustees have been in touch with the Otago Polyfest community and cultural advisors to let them know about the cancellation. 

While disappointed not to be able to offer the event this year, the trustees reiterate the importance of valuing and maintaining Māori and Pasifika cultural experiences for young people and whānau as an integral part of any ECE / school or home-based education programme. The trustees strongly urge groups to continue including waiata, karakia, Te Reo Māori, Pacific languages and stories in their programmes. 

The Otago Polyfest is a major component of the arts, cultural and performance curriculum and this is the first year since 1993 that it will not be held. The trust will explore alternatives and opportunities to celebrate the rich and vibrant Māori and Pasifika performing arts in Otago. All performances from the past few years are available to watch and share on the Otago Polyfest YouTube channel.

The trust is planning for the next steps and extends an invitation to anyone to contact them for further information or guidance. 

Kia maumahara ki tou mana ahua ake
Cherish your absolute uniqueness

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2020 Puaka Matariki Festival Funding Round OPEN!

Ehara ehara: the 2020 Dunedin Puaka Matariki Festival Contestable Grants funding round and Event Registration period is now open!

This year, the Festival will be from Monday 13 July to Sunday 26 July.

The event registration and funding application period will close on Friday 1 May at 5pm. Late entries will not be accepted.

While Aotearoa Niu Tīrene is in Level 4 isolation against the spread of COVID-19, we are seeing the real benefits of heeding the lessons our tūpuna have passed on, for our survival: be mindful of the whole community’s welfare, adapt, and share knowledge. This is the spirit of our midwinter festival of wānaka and whanukataka in action.

We don’t know yet how we will be able to come together to celebrate the Māori New Year in July. In the meantime, you and your whānau and friends may have some great ideas for a different kinds of Puaka Matariki Festival wānaka me whanaukataka than we usually experience. Think about Level 2 or Level 3 scenarios and all that modern tech we’re presently relying on for virtual huihui, perhaps. Karawhiua!

You can register your event here, and apply for funding here. Be sure to read the Guide before you do. And if you have any questions at all about how your event idea fits the Festival event criteria, or the submission forms, email or call during ‘normal’ work hours – the contact details are in the Guide ☺️

Kia pai tātou ki a tātou, ā, noho ora mai rā ki a tātou katoa.

Whanaukataka Matariki

Bring your ideas, your reflections and your family! This year, the North East Valley community will join together to share kai and to kōrero over how we celebrate and what our future Matariki Huka Nui may look like. As a community-led organisation, the Valley Project wants you and your whānau involved – all are welcome! A plate is appreciated, but not essential.  

The Valley Project Community Rooms, 258 North Road, North East Valley

Thursday 4 July, 5.30‒7.30pm. Koha

Contact [email protected]           03 473 8614              northeastvalley.org

Bathgate Park AROHA NUI Festival

 

Celebrate life, learning and togetherness! Come together to reflect on the past, share stories and make plans for the year ahead, remembering to respect and care for our natural world so that our future generations are able to enjoy it, in the way that we are able to.

Join the Bathgate Park School Arts Team in the school hall for karakia followed by an evening of kai and luminary local entertainment. Nau mai, haere mai!

Bathgate Park School, 213 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin

Thursday 4 July, 5.30‒9pm. Koha

Contact [email protected]     03 455 3421

Mauri Hauora Workshop & Romiromi Māori Healing Bodywork Sessions

Romiromi Māori Healing Bodywork Sessions

Tihei mauri ora! The new year brings new beginnings and is a perfect time to release what doesn’t enhance your wellbeing. Assess, uplift and strengthen your hauora (holistic health) and sense of self (mana takata) with Ariana Sutton (Kāi Tahu) who shares tools to add to your wellness kete and pass on to whānau.

The workshop includes kōhatu kōrero, rongoā māori, mauri tau (relaxation) and mauri movement techniques. Follow this with one-to-one healing; session times to suit.

Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin

Workshop: Tuesday 2 July, 5.30‒7.30pm.

One-to-one sessions: Thursday 4 July, all day.

$50 each; limited numbers – registration advised

Contact [email protected]             027 428 0046      facebook.com/arianas1

Mauri Hauora Workshop & Romiromi Māori Healing Bodywork Sessions

Mauri Hauora Workshop

Tihei mauri ora! The new year brings new beginnings and is a perfect time to release what doesn’t enhance your wellbeing. Assess, uplift and strengthen your hauora (holistic health) and sense of self (mana takata) with Ariana Sutton (Kāi Tahu) who shares tools to add to your wellness kete and pass on to whānau.

The workshop includes kōhatu kōrero, rongoā māori, mauri tau (relaxation) and mauri movement techniques. Follow this with one-to-one healing; session times to suit.

Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin

Workshop: Tuesday 2 July, 5.30‒7.30pm.

One-to-one sessions: Thursday 4 July, all day.

$50 each; limited numbers – registration advised

Contact [email protected]            027 428 0046              facebook.com/arianas1

Flagstaff Community Church ‒ Under the Southern Stars Matariki Celebration Weekend

Sunday Celebration Service

People of all faiths are invited to join in our New Year weekend of celebration in which we strengthen our community spirit, give thanks to God for the year that has been, take some time to remember those we have lost and look to the year ahead with some resolve. There will be waiata, hīmene, kapa haka, kōrero, hands-on activities, and fun! Kaputī follows all events. Haere mai tātou!

Flagstaff Community Church, 9 Centennial Avenue, Wakari, Dunedin

Friday 28 June, 7‒8.30pm: Whare Rangatahi youth club. FREE

Saturday 29 June, 10am ‒ 3pm: Waiata workshop; 1‒3pm: Native tree planting. FREE

Sunday 30 June, 9.30am: Celebration Service. FREE

Treasured Plants Tour

Walk and talk with knowledgeable guides to learn about traditional uses of native plants displayed in the NZ native plant collection. Rua McCallum (Ngāi Tahu) will focus on plants used for the manufacture of textiles. Author Rob Tipa (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu) will look at some of the treasured taoka plants used in daily life by early Southern Māori. Musician Alistair Fraser will compare live plants with their final form as traditional Māori musical instruments. The Botanic Garden’s latest brochure, Treasured Plants Trail will also be launched.

Dunedin Botanic Garden, Opoho – location will be notified on booking

Saturday 29 June, 1.30‒3pm, rain or shine. FREE; limited places – registration essential

Contact [email protected]             03 477 4000

 

Flagstaff Community Church ‒ Under the Southern Stars Matariki Celebration Weekend

Saturday Waiata Workshop and Native Tree Planting

People of all faiths are invited to join in our New Year weekend of celebration in which we strengthen our community spirit, give thanks to God for the year that has been, take some time to remember those we have lost and look to the year ahead with some resolve. There will be waiata, hīmene, kapa haka, kōrero, hands-on activities, and fun! Kaputī follows all events. Haere mai tātou!

Flagstaff Community Church, 9 Centennial Avenue, Wakari, Dunedin

Friday 28 June, 7‒8.30pm: Whare Rangatahi youth club. FREE

Saturday 29 June, 10am ‒ 3pm: Waiata workshop; 1‒3pm: Native tree planting. FREE

Sunday 30 June, 9.30am: Celebration Service. FREE

Contact  [email protected]           027 356 9200

Flagstaff Community Church ‒ Under the Southern Stars Matariki Celebration Weekend

Friday Whare Rangatahi Youth Club

People of all faiths are invited to join in our New Year weekend of celebration in which we strengthen our community spirit, give thanks to God for the year that has been, take some time to remember those we have lost and look to the year ahead with some resolve. There will be waiata, hīmene, kapa haka, kōrero, hands-on activities, and fun! Kaputī follows all events. Haere mai tātou!

Flagstaff Community Church, 9 Centennial Avenue, Wakari, Dunedin

Friday 28 June, 7‒8.30pm: Whare Rangatahi youth club. FREE

Saturday 29 June, 10am ‒ 3pm: Waiata workshop; 1‒3pm: Native tree planting. FREE

Sunday 30 June, 9.30am: Celebration Service. FREE

Contact  [email protected]           027 356 9200