Tag Archives: Māori

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 makete: 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>

Heritage workshop: All Our Stories

Christchurch City Council and Ngāi Tahu are developing a draft Heritage Strategy and are asking for community input to ensure it is as effective and meaningful as possible.

Their workshop All Our Stories: How do stories and memories connect people and places, past and present? will be held on Saturday 16 June, 10am – 2.30pm (a light lunch will be provided), at Ferrymead Heritage Park, 50 Ferrymead Park Drive.

Guest speakers will include UC Associate Professor and Director of the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre | Kā Waimaero, Te Maire Tau, Architectural Historian Jenny May, Canterbury Museum Collections Technician, Hatesa Seumanutafa and Sina Mulitalo, a representative from the Samoan community.

All are welcome to attend and to discuss the values, visions, ideas and opportunities required to better celebrate, protect and promote our heritage through stories.

For information on the previous workshop, Tangible and Intangible Heritage, click here.

For any questions, or to RSVP email heritage@ccc.govt.nz, or phone (03) 941 8047 by Tuesday 12 June.

Please advise any dietary requirements with your RSVP.

New building names – Meremere and Len Lye

Meremere  ̶̶  Business and Law

The Business and Law building lies at the heart of campus along with Matariki, Puaka-James Hight, Te Ao Mārama and Rehua. These five key buildings are ‘pou’ (pillars) for UC.

The Business and Law building has been renamed Meremere, and is an extension of the star theme for pou of UC. In Māori astronomy, Meremere is known as the evening star and is associated with the start of summer.

Around the world, Meremere is also commonly known as Venus – the second planet from the sun and the brightest celestial object after the sun and moon.

 Len Lye – School of Product Design

The former Engineering and Science Annex building is now home to the new School of Product Design, a place which inspires a culture of innovative creativity.

Inspirational and unconventional artist Len Lye was born in Christchurch and is New Zealand’s most well-known international artist. The notion that the creative arts, which are central to design, should be underpinned by practical technologies (science and engineering) to create novel products is highly consistent with the ideals of Len Lye.

Following Lye’s death in 1980 the Len Lye Foundation was established by UC alumni John Matthews (awarded a UC Honorary Doctorate 2015). Len Lye is well-known to students of arts and visual communication, a cohort represented strongly in the Bachelor of Product Design.

Artefact series offers gripping NZ historical dramas

Artefact is an exciting six  part series presented by Dame Professor Anne Salmond (pictured below), which takes viewers on adventures through time with a focus on artefacts and taonga at the heart of gripping and often surprising historical dramas.

A number of Ngāi Tahu people participate in this series, including  a UC doctoral graduate.

Artefact also shines the light on contemporary themes and challenges viewers to think about what sort of Aotearoa we want to leave our children. Created by Greenstone TV, for Māori TV, Artefact connects today’s New Zealanders with our ancestors’ experiences and aspirations, through the powerful stories of the artefacts that have survived them. 

Episode 1 – Star Travel – 7 May 
In this episode we find taonga that open the window to our Pacific voyaging tradition – a feat likened to space travel which saw Polynesians navigate their way across the Pacific to Aotearoa. Dame Anne travels around our country as well as England to find taonga and people to tell these stories of voyaging and adventure. A group of Toi Hauiti whānau are reunited with the voyaging tipuna Paikea who is housed in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Episode 2 – Tangata Whenua – 14 May
Dame Anne introduces us to taonga that shine the light on the remarkable innovations Polynesian settlers made once they reached Aotearoa. Their adaptations to new resources meant that they became tangata whenua in Aotearoa – Māori. The taonga we find show innovations in all things – clothing, gardening, stone tools and includes a map that illustrates a remarkable and intimate knowledge of the land as well as a distinctively Māori world view.

Episode 3 – The Power of Gifts – 21 May 
From the very first encounters between Māori and Europeans, gifts were exchanged, signaling a desire to forge relationships and strong connections that would last over time and generations. Dame Anne finds taonga that tell these stories: they include hoe given to crew of the Endeavour; Hongi Hika’s korowai which he gave to King George; a medal given by Governor King to the northern rangatira Te Pahi and gifts exchanged between Ngāti Huia and the Onslow family.

Episode 4 – Threads that Bind – 28 May
Clothing is more than adornment, clothes can carry political messages, they often signal identity and status and can be used to satirise. Dame Anne leads us to taonga that tell stories of remarkable people and moments in time where clothes have provided powerful statements. A kaitaka that literally saves the life of a young boy; Tame Iti speaks about the way clothes can carry a political message.  The extensive clothing collection of Whetu Tirakatene-Sullivan demonstrates how she used clothes to make strong political statements.

Episode 5 – In Pursuit of Harmony – 4 June 
Dame Anne finds taonga that tease out the story of music and musical instruments in Aotearoa. From earliest taonga puoro, to introduced Western instruments, these taonga tell the story of traditional music nearly silenced, a new music arriving and the way two musical traditions have intersected. The taonga in this episode include a magnificent carved Steinway grand piano, an ancient pūtorino that hasn’t been played in living memory, a treasured Gibson Les Paul guitar and a website that celebrates the traditional percussive instrument – the poi.

Episode 6 – The Call of the Huia – 11 June 11
Beginning with some remarkable Huia bird specimens this episode challenges us to learn from our past and to think carefully about the sort of Aotearoa we want to leave our children. Taonga featured include huia birds and feathers, and living taonga such as Whanganui River, Te Urewera and the remarkable Te Kura Whare / Living House in Taneatua. How can we learn from our past and the tragic story of the Huia bird. What are the exciting possibilities for the future?

(Text and photo published with the permission of Greenstone TV)

Video release – UC’s Roimata unveiled

A stunning video about the unveiling of Roimata has been released as part of turning the original Cultural Narrative video into a series.

Roimata is the name given to a sculpture designed by Māori artist Riki Manuel (Ngāti Porou) to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Canterbury earthquake on 22 February 2011. It was unveiled at a special ceremony on that date in 2018, and tells a story of remembrance.

  • To Māori, the upside down koru represents death, in keeping with a memorial to those who lost their lives in the February earthquake of 2011.
  • The surface is undulated to represent Ōtakaro the river Avon, onto which the people of Ōtautahi Christchurch, throw flowers each year in memory of that fateful day. The bronze flowers on the surface depict this ritual.
  • The sculpture sits at the Clyde Road end of University Drive, a short distance from the Recreation Centre bridge over Ōtakaro where those who attended the unveiling carried out this ritual by throwing fresh flowers onto the river to created a spiritual link with the commemorative service being held later that day in the city.

Roimata, will remain on our campus as a permanent reminder of the earthquakes, and as a focus each year for our remembrance, the loss and suffering of our University community, the contribution they made afterwards, and what the University has become since.