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What’s on in Taranaki to mark Puanga/Matariki


A variety of occasions is happening across the maunga to mark Puanga/Matariki, the Māori New Yr.

NEW PLYMOUTH:

June 20-24, on-campus occasions at Witt in New Plymouth and Hāwera.

June 21, Plunket-organised occasion at Centre Metropolis Buying Centre, Gill St, book-reading session together with crafts, 10am-11am.

June 23-26, TSB Competition of Lights: Winter Pop-up, from Huatoki Plaza to the Coastal Walkway, with dwell performances, kai, and whānau-friendly leisure, 5pm-10pm.

June 23-26, Artwork Cooperative ‘New Beginnings’ exhibition, Ngāti Rahiri workplace, 38 Queen Road, Waitara.

June 24, Public session hosted by the New Plymouth Astronomical Society to view Puanga and Matariki rising, New Plymouth Observatory, 5.30-7am, gold coin donation however climate dependent.

June 24, Matariki Seaside Market, Ngāmotu seashore, 10am-2pm.

An image of the Matariki star cluster. (File image)

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A picture of the Matariki star cluster. (File picture)

STRATFORD:

June 13-26, Puanga reflection exercise, on the Percy Thomson Gallery, Prospero Place.

June 20 to July college holidays, Promise of Puanga StoryWalk® in Victoria Park.

June 23-26, Puanga ‘Starry Evening’ occasion, in Prospero Place, lighting shows, music, storytelling and extra, 5-8pm.

June 25, Prospero Market, stalls, wānanga and different leisure, 9am-12pm.

June 27, Stratford Plunket, 14 Seyton St, book-reading session together with crafts, 10.30-11.30am.

Parihaka kaitiaki Maata Wharehoka will speak at Opunake Library on June 27 about Puanga. (File photo)

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Parihaka kaitiaki Maata Wharehoka will communicate at Opunake Library on June 27 about Puanga. (File photograph)

SOUTH TARANAKI:

Till June 25, on the Lysaght Watt Gallery, Puanga Kai Rau – The Considerable Harvest of Puanga, Toi o Taranaki Ki Te Tonga curated by Bonita Bigham, 4-6 Union St, Monday-Friday 10am-3pm and Saturday 10am-12.30pm.

June 22, Hāwera Plunket, 14 Wellington St, book-reading session together with crafts, 10.30am-11.30am.

June 23-27, Gallery Pātea, Puanga artwork exhibition that includes work of senior college students from Pātea Space College and St Joseph’s College, 56A Egmont St, Pātea.

June 24, public session hosted by the Hāwera Astronomical Society to view Matariki rising, from 5.30am, climate dependent.

June 27, ‘The Rise of Puanga’ discuss with Maata Wharehoka, of Parihaka, adopted by gentle morning tea at Opunake Library, 11am-12.30pm.

June 29 ‘Celebrating Puanga’ discuss with Puhi Nuku, adopted by gentle morning tea at Manaia LibraryPlus, 10.15-11.30am.

Kai plays a role in Puanga/Matariki celebrations, so how about whipping up a whānau feast at home as a way to celebrate the occasion? (File photo)

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Kai performs a task in Puanga/Matariki celebrations, so how about whipping up a whānau feast at house as a option to have fun the event? (File photograph)

THINGS YOU CAN DO AT HOME:

Plan a mid-winter feast on your whānau and pals.

Mild a candle as a option to keep in mind those that have handed on.

Write down your hopes for the 12 months forward.

Go for a stroll, take heed to birdsong and look to the sky for inspiration.



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