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

Taonga Species: NZ Natives

Rob Tipa (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu), author of Treasures of Tane: Plants of Ngāi Tahu will talk about plants associated with arts practice, and Rua McCallum (Ngāi Tahu) from Toitū Otago Settlers Museum will talk about plants used in the manufacture of material culture. There will also be some examples of artefacts made from plants fibre and materials available.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, Dunedin

Sunday 23 June, 3pm. FREE

Contact [email protected]       03 474 3249