What’s Happening?

The Matariki @ Onehunga Festival will launch at the dawn ceremony on Maungakiekie that opens the regional Matariki Festival on Monday 14 June, 2010. Festival Coordinator, Tiakina Peehikuru, will be present with other dignitaries, youth and users of the Onehunga community centre.

The Matariki @ Onehunga Festival, presented by the Onehunga Community Centre and supported by local MP Peseta Sam Lotu-iiga, will highlight the talents within the community and also reflect support from neighbouring communities in Orakei, Mangere and Manukau.

Join us at the Centre after lunch on Monday and learn Mäori songs with Maia. Waiata Mäori with Maia, in the Maungakiekie Room on Mondays at 2-3pm. Entry is by gold coin donation.

Come to our exhibition opening at 6pm: Matariki – Through Our Eyes, produced for the centre by local artist Helen Satele. Helen has brought a collection of artists together, including: Mesepa Edwards, Marcus Winter, Lee McDonnell, Tanya McCabe, Desiree Alexandre, Louis Rawnsley and Enuake Sirikige. All items in this multi media exhibition will be available for sale.

Onehunga’s local Mäori University, Te Wananga o Aotearoa, will present [whakairo] carving demonstrations in the Community Foyer every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the 4-week festival. The finished carving will depict the story of Matariki. Feel free to watch the carvers at work and ask questions while they’re in the Centre.

Join us in celebrating the installation of the “Raranga ki te Tangata” Whariki Community Art Project at 6.30pm on Thursday, June 17th at the Onehunga Community Centre. Call Shelly Bell for information on 021 031 9368

Youth will be showcased over three different concerts being held at Pearce Street Hall during Matariki @ Onehunga Festival. The first will be held on Saturday 19 June, featuring local blues, jazz and acoustic artists. Entry to all concerts will be gold coin donation.

 For more information about Matariki @ Onehunga Festival, call Festival Coordinator, Tiakina Peehikuru, 021 1738443.

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