FreeDate/time Saturday 17 June 2023 7am Dawn Ceremony 10am-4pm Matariki Festival Activities All Day Free BBQ Location O Wairoa Marae and UXBRIDGE 35-37 Uxbridge Road, Howick Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Presenters O Wairoa Marae Te Tuhi Arts Out East Touch Compass Howick Library International Women’s Association of New Zealand – Te Huinga Wāhine Manatōpū o Aotearoa Sowers Trust Supporters UXBRIDGE Arts & Culture Auckland Council Creative Communities NZ Howick Local Board MEET ME Countdown Gary's Garden Sheds Mackesy Stainless Steel Limited Mary & Graeme Meier Resene Smokey Wheelz BBQ Pitt House Steve & Jenny Marshall The Bacon Barn Limited The Soap Factory Limited Timbertown Wholesale Meats Direct – Pakuranga Wheelchair accessible Nau mai, haere mai ki O Wairoa Marae. Celebrate Matariki, the Māori new year, with a day of festivities at O Wairoa Marae. Matariki hunga nui.During the Matariki festivities, people gather together to celebrate the passing of the year and the hope of a new season. This whakataukī speaks to us about the gathering of people during Matariki. From the free BBQ to the hands-on workshops, performances and music, there is a place for everyone. Uncover the beauty of te ao Māori through creativity, discovery, performance and adventure. We welcome you to participate or be part of the audience. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any access requirements. What's on: 7am Dawn ceremonyTe Wharenui o Matariki 9amMatariki exhibition openingFencible walk, Picton Street This exhibition is an invitation for locals to reengage with the indigenous culture, through it’s taonga and the principles that support the artists collaborative practices. Learn more on the Arts Out East website. 10amFestival openingPōhutukawa clearing (between UXBRIDGE and Te Whare Ora) 10:30am – close of the dayFree BBQ Join our singing BBQ director Jimmy Ruka. 10:30am – 3:30pmPūrākau and tītītōrea (short stick game) with Taini DrummondTe Wharenui o Matariki & Whare Taonga (museum) Join our kuia Taini Drummond in the wharenui for Matariki stories and exercise your peripheral vision and reflexes through an exciting tītītōrea workshop. You will also learn about Emilia Maud Nixon’s Garden of Memories in Te Whare Taonga. 10:30am – 3:30pmTe Taiao – Natural worldNgāhere (bush) & Māra kai (garden) How does the time of Matariki connect to our planting and harvesting? Spend time in the Ngāhere and Māra kai with our guides. 10:30am – 12pmMatariki: Ko koe ko au, ko au ko koeDance workshop with Touch CompassUxbridge Theatre Touch Compass will present a 90 minute workshop based on their Matariki educational resource, led by Touch Compass tutors Alisha McLennan Marler and Julie van Renen. The workshop consists of guided warm up and movement games, followed by teaching NZSL (NZ sign language) movements for each of the nine Matariki stars. Tutors will assist participants in finding ways to embody these movements and create a Matariki dance together. Touch Compass is Aotearoa New Zealand's leading professional arts organisation whose work is disability-led. Through Touch Compass, individuals and organisations can grow their disability consciousness and awareness, champion diversity and inclusiveness. 10:30am – 3:30pmRaranga – WeavingUxbridge Hall Ever wanted to see how the leaves of the harakeke (flax) weave together to create magnificent items? Now it's your chance! Come and give it a try for yourself. 10:30am – 11:30amPoi makingUxbridge Hall Build up your very own! An exciting opportunity to create and play. 10:30am – 3pmHe ara uku – a way with clayUxbridge Hall Explore what your hands can create with a ball of clay, discover the possibilities of the humble pinch pot with Todd and Karuna Douglas. 10:30am – 3pmInternational Women’s Association of New Zealand Uxbridge Green Room A day of interactive activities including: → Dumpling making and tasting→ Language corner (learn some Mandarin and te reo)→ Paper cutting workshop making symbols of the new year→ Floral artistry demonstration→ Sugar art workshop for all ages→ Traditional Chinese tea ceremony 11am – 2pmPūoro – Musical instrumentsNgāhere (bush) Discover new and traditional Māori instruments. 11am & 2pm (2 x 30 minute sessions)Mau rākau – Weaponry using long sticksOutside Te Wharenui o Matariki Our experts will be demonstrating and sharing some weaponry movements, join in or marvel from a distance. 12pm – 1pmChinese cultural performance and story Uxbridge Theatre Chinese Classic Dance - Yan Yu FuBy Anita Ji, Jo Guo (ADM Dance Studio)Yan Yu Fu: It tells a story of two women's journey to maintain their ardour of literature while in a brothel, which strengthens them with dignity and pride. Waist Drum Dance - Great ProsperityBy NZ Wu Qiao Dance School Chinese Folk Music By NZ Chinese Blossom Art Troup→ Jubilation→ A Fisherman's Song→ Horse Racing→ A Hundred Birds Paying Homage to the Phoenix Multimedia Storytelling→ Behind Chinese Valentines Day – Star-crossed lovers Cowboy and Weaver Girl→ The Story of the Chinese Zodiac – The Great Race→ Legend Stories about the Chinese lunar New Year 1:15pm – 1:45pmBilingual storytime at Howick LibraryHowick Library Aimed at tamariki and their caregivers in celebration of Matariki. 1:30pm – 2pmEastern Stars Concert BandOutside 1:30pm – 2pmSowers TrustUxbridge Theatre Sowers Trust and Pakuranga College boys from Year 11 present Samoan and Tongan performances. 2pm – 4pmKapa HakaUxbridge Theatre Performances by Macleans Primary School, Wakaaranga Primary School, Pakuranga College & Cockle Bay School.