Matariki ki Waikato is in its tenth year of celebrations and we’re proud to partner with them to bring a stellar line-up of events from the 19th to the 11th of July!
HE MURI AROHA – AN EXHIBITION BY ATAWHAI EDWARDS: 19 June
The exhibition acknowledges the start of the new dawn and a time to gather with whaanau and friends and celebrate what has been and what is to come.
Matariki, although a time of celebration brings forth the reflective sensory experiences of loss and grief of loved ones who have passed. He waa maumahara tenei, a time of remembrance.
The whakaahua presented in this exhibition acknowledges their contributions, their whanau, their hapu and their iwi during the times of ritual. Kiingitanga kaupapa, including tangihanga, poukai and other collective iwi events. Kaupapa that are founded in Tumanako, Whakapono and Aroha. Lead by the Kiingi Maaori and Kaahui Ariki who were present, honoured and acknowledged during these kaupapa which is reciprocated and acknowledges everyone’s Muri Aroha that will follow all, for the rest of their days.
LITERARY SALON – STANZA 16: 20 June – 7:00 pm
Browsers Bookshop and The Meteor Theatre present a Matariki themed Literary Salon on Thursday 20th June at 7pm. Stanza 16 of this iconic event has a stellar line-up of diverse literary brilliance for your enjoyment. Relax with a free glass of wine and canapés and join us for an exchange of ideas and inspirational words!
WHITI: OPEN MIC+CONCERT 21 June – 6:30 pm
WHITI celebrates Matariki with an R13+ concert. The musical feast will serve up talents from emerging and seasoned artists.
The FREE event features hip hop artist MELODOWNZ and an epic lineup of local homegrown performers. Before the lineup takes the stage, we’re calling out for people to step up on the open mic to showcase their goods.
Haramai hei whiti, let your talents shine!
22 June – 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
What happens when a Shakespeare drama teacher meets a bunch of hardened criminals?
Following rave reviews at the Auckland Arts Festival, Taki Rua and TOA brings their acclaimed play Cellfish to The Meteor for two shows!
Special high-school discounts are available for Year 11 students and above. For only $12 per student, a group of 5 or more can book and attend as a class group. Special group discounts are also available.
THE MĀORI SIDESTEPS
23 June – 7:30 pm
Get ready for a night of hilarity as The Māori Sidesteps turn some of your favourite songs on their head in a mix of satirical skits and crooning goodness.
The Māori Sidesteps relive the glory days of the Howard Morrison Quartet and Prince Tui Teka, putting their own political spin on well-known songs and entertaining crowds with soulful harmonies and stand-up comedy.
11 July – 7:30 pm
The movements within a sound. The movements within the stars.
This event brings together musicians Horomona Horo and Jeremy Mayall, spoken word artist Michael Moore, and visual artist Regan Balzer for a live multimedia performance in reflection of Matariki.
These artists will collaborate in real-time to create a truly unique experience that draws upon cultural concepts, as well as abstract explorations and personal reflections to explore Matariki through a multi-artform experience.
ENTRY – KOHA
For more information about these and other Matariki events, visit https://matarikiwaikato.nz/