COVID Rāhui Extends to 2020 Puaka Matariki Festival

In Ōtepoti Dunedin we usually celebrate the Māori New Year through a diverse citywide programme of community events. In a normal year, communities will gather to celebrate the season at shared feasts, fun and educational programmes, and through a wide range of Mātauraka Māori and Toi Māori events.

But this is not a normal year…

Keeping our hāpori safe from COVID-19 is our number one priority.

For this reason, the PMF Steering Roopū have decided the rāhui will extend to the Festival.

This year, the Dunedin Puaka Matariki Festival will not be delivered kanohi ki te kanohi.

Instead, knowledge will be shared and our community will come together virtually, through this website
and other online and broadcast media.

This year, the Dunedin Puaka Matariki Festival will be celebrated online from Monday 13 July to Monday 20 July.

This differs from recently published dates, and follows tohunga kōkōrangi Rangi Matamua’s maramataka of the tika lunar phase to celebrate the rising of the Matariki star cluster. *

* Matamua, R. (2017). Matariki: the star of the year. Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand: Huia.

Meanwhile, we continue to practice tikaka hauora, and keep abreast of news of the latest developments in the fight to eliminate COVID-19 via the Ministry of Health’s website, in particular its media releases page.

Pēnā, join us in celebrating the midwinter season of wānaka (learning) and whanaukataka (community spirit).

Nau mai, tautimai – everyone is welcome!

Stay tuned here for updates 🌟

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. 

Bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Mauri, Namasde, Talofa, Talofa lava, Taloha ni, & Greetings

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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Wānaka Kanikani AroHā – Regenerative Movement, Connected Communities

Join Kāi Tahu dancers Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann and Cathy Livermore in a special, inclusive programme enabling greater connections to self within a Te Ao Māori framework through guided movement, kōrero and Māori Mindfulness. If you are a mover or not, this wānaka will wake, shake and free up your mind, body and spirit. Come for the day or for a session, all ages and abilities are welcome!

Wānaka Kanikani AroHā is supported by Auahi Kore.

Malcam Trust, 45 Māori Road (Jubilee Park), Dunedin

Sunday 7 July, 9am – 5pm$30 for the day – bookings advised

Programme details available upon request 

Contact [email protected]                  022 674 1164

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