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Star Lineup

Celebrate Matariki with a host of events being held in our rohe.

Matariki is a cluster of stars that reappear annually, signalling the Māori New Year. It’s a time to reflect on what has passed, and what lies ahead. The Matariki Tauranga Moana programme runs from mid-June to mid-July, so here’s a small taste... The Incubator at The Historic Village is working with Okorore Ngā Toi Māori to present five exhibitions, including Te Iwa o Matariki by Michelle Estall (who painted the work pictured), and is holding the Matariki Village Market (9am–2pm, 27 June) with kai, wellness including mirimiri and live music. Kids will love the Matariki Night Run on the train at Memorial Park (4–8pm, 3 July) and Kite Day at Fergusson Park (12–4pm, 4 July). Tauranga City Libraries has a host of events, including the photos taken of the marae and whānau of Tauranga Moana in the Brad Burch Collection exhibition, and for kids: Ngā Whetū o Matariki digital art canvas making, evening storytelling with kai and a puppet making workshop.

First published in issue 34 (June/July 2021) of Our Place Magazine.