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Matariki ki Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

19 June 2021

Free event

Waikato Museum is set to host a full day of free Matariki celebrations on 19 June. Participate, listen, learn, watch, make and take away something meaningful about Matariki with you.

This year's 'Matariki in the Museum' programme is dedicated to our next generation of New Zealanders. 

Tuu maaia, tuu kaha, e te tamaiti. Ngaa Whakatiinanatanga o ngoo maatua. Ngaa Whiikoitanga o ngoo tuupuna.

Stand strong, child. The reflection of your parents. The blueprint of your ancestors.



Welcome, Foyer

Karakia - Staff and participants



Slow movement session with taonga puuoro, Gallery 11

Komako-Aroha and Ngaronoa Renata provide a holistic restorative practice for people to connect deeper in mind, body and spirit. 

Komako is an emerging taonga puuoro practitioner who uses the medicine of ancient Maaori instruments (taonga puuoro) and Tambura (Indian string instrument) to offer a space of deep presence and interconnection between oneself and the natural laws of life. She offers sound through her breath, the breath of those present and the breath of her puuoro whanau to bring awareness and healing sound frequencies that are in direct communication with earth and sky.

Ngaronoa uses inspired Maaori movement to facilitate a gentle, restorative practice of connecting those present in the space to return back to their essence, their core through breath. The foundation of Ngaronoa's practice is led through listening to the haa (breath of life) in directing where to draw energy from and where to release energy to. 

Spaces limited. Bookings essential. Book your place here.

Please bring a yoga mat.



Toi raranga (weaving) workshops, Gallery 12

Weave tiipare (headbands) with Te Roopu Aroha ki te Raranga. All materials provided.



Creative Kaupapa Maaori interactive storytelling, poetry writing workshop, Marae Atea

Maria Te Aukaha Huata presents an interactive creative poetry storytelling workshop for all ages.

Maria is a descendant of Waikato Maniapoto, Ngaati Kahungunu, Ngaati Porou and Ngaati Whakaue. She comes from a whaanau steeped in Te Ao Maaori the Maaori world especially te reo and traditional and contemporary Maaori  performing arts.



Aatea-aa-Rangi: Building an interstellar galaxy, Gallery 12A

A craft workshop for tamariki. Create a wall of stars that point the way to Maiangi Waitai: Aatea-aa-Rangi, with Tui Tamara Kirkwood



Kapa Haka performance and cultural interactive workshop, Marae Atea

Taiohi Manawataki Entertainment Suite Interactive showcases Maaori performing arts with a live performance and interactive learning session for whaanau.


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