Whare Pūrākau  – House of Stories

Tāmati Patuwai (Ngāti Whātua, Te Kawerau ā Maki, Te Tāou) of Mad Ave Community Trust will facilitate an interactive workshop looking at how storytelling can restore and transform communities.

No previous experience needed, all bodies welcome.  Please bring comfortable, warm clothing, a drink bottle and anything else that you need in order to participate fully and with ease.

Te Whare o Rukutia, 20 Princes Street Ōtepoti Dunedin

Sunday 3 July, 10am ‒ 12pm. FREE
Please register at bit.ly/3QfATYl

Contact: h-j@prospectpark.co.nz | 0273571488 |  fb.me/e/3fS58piDL

Flagstaff Community Church – Under the Southern Stars Matariki Celebration

Pepeha Workshop

Pepeha are a way of introducing yourself in te reo Māori, naming the people and places that are important to you.  During this workshop there will be input and guidance from kaiako Rauhina Scott-Fyfe, and the opportunity to write and share your own pepeha.

Flagstaff Community Church, 9 Centennial Avenue Wakari

Saturday 2 July, 1‒3pm. FREE

Contact: brendon@churchatflagstaff.co.nz | 0273569200


Image: Donovan Govan @ Wikipedia Commons

Making twine using plant materials

By connecting with our environment and using what is around us we can sustainably create what we need, when we need it.  At either of these two hands-on wānaka, learn a simple two-ply technique that turns plant fibres into useful and decorative twine, string and even rope.  Harakeke harvesting tikanga will be discussed; various plant fibres will be provided.  Campus protocols are in place so masks must be worn.

This event is supported by the Creative Communities Scheme.

Otago Polytechnic L Block Tunnel House, enter from 100 Anzac Avenue Ōtepoti Raki North Dunedin

Saturday 2 July, 10‒11.30am and 1‒2.30pm. FREE
Numbers limited – bookings essential

Contact: karimorseth@gmail.com

Restorying Tinana

Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann (Kāi Tahu) leads a physical workshop focused on embodying stories of Te Taiao and Te Ao Māori, embedded within our anatomy.  She combines practices of dance, theatre, somatics and healing modalities into a creative space of exploration that works towards re-storying our physical, energetic and communal selves within the context of whenua and whakapapa.

No previous experience needed, all bodies welcome. Please bring a yoga mat or blanket, comfortable warm clothing, a drink bottle and anything else that you need in order to participate fully and with ease.

Te Whare o Rukutia, 20 Princes Street Ōtepoti Dunedin

Saturday 2 July, 10am ‒ 12pm. FREE
Please register at bit.ly/3QgSEXq

Contact: h-j@prospectpark.co.nz | 0273571488 | fb.me/e/20qsRb5kC

Popoia te Kakano – Seed Bomb and Planting Workshop

Wrap up warm and bring the whānau along to join The Pukekura Trust in an uplifting day of whenua-tending.  Spend the morning planting seedlings and making seed bombs, then enjoy hot drinks and kai at the Royal Albatross Centre.  Piki mai, titiro atu!

Takiharuru Pilot’s Beach Reserve, 1260 Harington Point Road Pukekura Taiaroa Head

Sunday 26 June, 10am ‒ 1pm. FREE – limited spaces

Contact: kitty@mahipai.nz | 0221967490

Painting of Pukekura by Chris Gaskin

Re:In:Act | Tuturoroa 

In this special gallery performance, the overlooked corners, layers and pockets of history are brought alive by noted local artists.  For the Puaka Matariki Festival, Jessica Latton and Moana Wesley celebrate wānaka and whanaukataka via toi whakaari, while acknowledging those that came before us, their mātauraka and taoka housed within this gallery.

One of a series produced by Ōtepoti Theatre Lab, this bespoke performance follows a gallery talk.

Arai-te-Uru gallery, Toitū Otago Setters Museum 31 Queens Gardens Ōtepoti Dunedin

Saturday 25 June, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. FREE

Contact: h-j@prospectpark.co.nz | 0273571488 | toituosm.com

Solar Telescopes on the Museum Reserve

The Dunedin Astronomical Society are outside Tūhura Otago Museum on the Reserve with solar telescopes.  Come and take a look for yourself at the massive flares and sunspots of Tamanuiterā, the Sun.  All ages.

Otago Museum Reserve, 381 Great King Street Ōtepoti Raki Dunedin North

Saturday 25 June, 10.30am ‒ 3pm. FREE
Weather permitting

Contact: 034747474 |  otagomuseum.nz

Mana Moana: Ōtepoti

Come together to celebrate the inaugural Matariki holiday in Ōtepoti Dunedin through a spectacular, immersive show on the Otago Harbour waterfront.

Over three nights, water and light will combine in a breath-taking and poignant cinematic experience for the whole family, created 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 and 8.30pm over the three nights, allowing multiple opportunities for people to enjoy the spectacle.  A tasty array of healthy seasonal kai will be available for purchase.

Nau mai, tauti mai – join us in upholding the mana of our waterways and sharing our hopes for the future.

Steamer Basin, Wharf Street Ōtepoti Dunedin

Friday 24 ‒ Sunday 26 June, 5.30‒8.30pm

Contact: dunedinnz.com/manamoana

Taoka Puoro – Māori Musical Instruments

Join ethnomusicologist Dr Jennifer Cattermole in this show-and-tell that guides you through taoka puoro and discover how to play instruments crafted from things found in nature.  All ages.

Tāngata Whenua gallery Tūhura Otago Museum

Friday 24 June, 1‒4pm. FREE

Contact: 034747474 |  otagomuseum.nz

Interactive Poi Workshop

Come along and learn the rhythmic fundamentals of poi movement.  Build your skills and learn contemporary tricks and techniques.  Suitable for ages 5 and over – under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Hutton Theatre Tūhura Otago Museum

Friday 24 – Sunday 26 June, 11.30am – 12pm and 1pm – 1.30pm. FREE – bookings essential

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