Tag Archives: Matariki

What’s on in Ōtautahi for Matariki

Don’t miss some of the great local events being held for Matariki over late June – July 2018.

Te Whare Roimata and Linwood Community Arts Centre present: Te Whare Maire O Nga Punawerewere: Festival of Māori Art & Culture
18 June – 6 July 2018

Rehua Marae Matariki Whānau Day
Saturday 30 June, 11.00am-3.00 pm

Matariki Market Day: Haeata Community Campus
240 Breezes Road, Thursday 5 July.

Matariki night maket: Christchurch Arts Centre
6-7 July, 4.00-10.00 pm

Matariki Night Walk: Styx River
Saturday 14 July 2018, 6.30-8.00 pm

Matariki Dawn Planting: Rongōa Garden
Styx, 15 July 2018

And for lots of other great whānau events, see the Christchurch City Libraries site here>

Matariki – the Maori new year

In August last year UC announced that the old Registry building would be renamed Matariki which was specially gifted to UC by Ngāi Tahu.

Matariki is both the name of a small distinctive star cluster (Pleiades) and the season of its first rising in late May or early June, and is seen as the beginning of the New Year. In traditional times, Matariki was a season to celebrate and to prepare the ground for the coming year.

The Christchurch City Council recognises the cultural significance of Matariki. “It’s a time of change, a time to prepare and a time of action. During Matariki we acknowledge what we have and what we have to give. Matariki celebrates the diversity of life. It’s a celebration of culture, language, spirit and people.”

This year, today marks the beginning of the Matariki season. For more information and a guide to help you locate the Matariki star cluster click here.

There is a free Matariki celebration this Sunday at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens from 11am-3pm.

Bird Call exhibition on campus

The Bird Call exhibition in Matariki
The Bird Call exhibition in Matariki

Come and listen to the soothing sounds of birds chirping whilst perusing the latest exhibition in Matariki.

Bird Call gathers objects from across UC’s collections and further afield to contemplate the relationships between ecology and representation.

The diverse representations of birds portrayed in the sciences, the arts, and ephemera articulate and inform evolving relationships between birds and human-kind.

See the exhibition: Matariki, level 1, lower concourse. Open 8.30am-5pm Mon-Fri until June 23rd. All welcome!