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 rāhui will extend to the Festival.

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

Instead, as some other communities are also choosing to do, 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 🌟

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