Puanga ki Hihiaua

Whats On

“Whakakahangia Te Wairua” is the theme for the array of activities - wananga, workshops and exhibitions - to focus on resilience and to celebrate Puanga-Matariki 2024 at the Hihiaua Cultural Centre during June. The month begins with the opening of the exhibition of artworks honouring community resilience, strength, and vibrancy will celebrate and reflect the enduring spirit and strength needed in today’s changing world. The opening will also launch the “Soil of Cultures” open day. In September 2023, Soil of Cultures initiated "Back to the Roots," a six-month programme in Whangārei to reconnect Asian migrant communities with their cultural heritage through growing and cooking food, stories and art. This collaborative effort involves the Soil of Cultures team, Back to the Roots participants and Maunu Community Garden and the Hihiaua Cultural Centre. Local kaitoi will be offering a glimpse into the process behind their mahi, and a chance to learn more about their techniques during a series of Saturday open days. From whakairo (carving) to raranga (weaving), printing and taonga puoro (music), there will be something to feed everyone's curiosity, as well as interactive elements. Lee Morunga will be facilitating a gospel singing workshop introducing people of all ages to the techniques and emotional depth required to truly convey the spirit of gospel. Numa MacKenzie will be sharing knowledge about traditional and contemporary printing techniques of the moana, and facilitating a workshop for participants to do their own fabric printing. Local musician and teacher Kelly Kahukiwa will be presenting a taonga puoro workshop and Wiremu Sarich will be weaving tales of Māui through whai. His unique storytelling combines the ancient art of string games with captivating narratives about the clever and adventurous Maui. 1st June - Exhibition Opening 8th June - Lee Morunga - Gospel Music 15th June - Numa Mackenzie - Printmaking 22nd June - Wiremu Sarich - Storytelling with Whai 29th June - Soil and Cultures

How to Find Us

Hihiaua Cultural Centre, Whangārei

Event Dates

Saturday 29 June 2024