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Matariki Celebrations in Te Hau Kapua this Saturday!

MATARIKI CELEBRATIONS IN TE HAU KAPUA THIS SATURDAY!

June 25 @ 1:00 pm 5:30 pm

Join us this Rāhoroi/Saturday 25th of June to celebrate Matariki in Te Hau Kapua, Devonport Peninsula. 

As part of the wider festivities brought to you by Devonport Business Association, Restoring Takarunga Hauraki and other host venues, Depot Artspace will be hosting the following whānau-friendly activities:

1 – 4 PM:
DROP-IN WEAVING SESSION WITH KATIE ISLA MIDDLETON

You can join in this drop-in session at any time; pick up a new skill, simply observe, or even add to Katie’s large woven installation in the central gallery space. 

We will have a carpet and cushions to sit on, chairs, and relaxed music. We ask that you please keep food and drink outside of the weaving area out of respect for tikanga. Materials will be provided.

4 – 5 PM:
MATARIKI T
ŪHONO KI TE TAIAO CLOSING EVENT

Ngahiwi Walker (Ngāti Porou) will formally acknowledge the closing of this year’s Puanga-Matariki exhibition with a karakia whakamutunga (opening prayer), followed by a live acoustic performance by Lana Fia with her signature loop pedal and Te Reo Māori waiata (songs). Hāngī samples will be served in the side gallery at 4.30PM*, and later at 5PM we look forward to the fluid movements of dancer Dylan-Blanc Huata, who performed at Depot earlier this year alongside his solo exhibition.

*We ask that you please consume food and drink in the side gallery or outside, out of respect for tikanga and the artists’ works.

5.30PM:
LANTERN HĪKOI

Join exhibition co-curator and carver Natanahira Te Pona on a hīkoi (walk) up the hill to the summit of Takarunga Maunga, Mt.Victoria. This is a special opportunity for adults and tamariki to display the lanterns they have built over the past month, but all are welcome to join and observe the whetu, stars, from above the village.

All of these events are free for the public to attend including the hāngī, though a koha is always welcome. 

The hāngī this year will be made during the day at Devonport Community House, and we will endeavour to make enough for everyone to have a taste.

MĀNAWATIA A MATARIKI

HAPPY MĀORI NEW YEAR!

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