Puanga 2018

Puanga 2018

Maatai ki te rangi, teeraa ko Puanga, ko te tohu moo te tau hou.

As one gazes to the heavens, it is Puanga signaling the New Year.

When Matariki appears low in the eastern sky, people celebrate the Maaori New Year. In Taranaki, we look for Puanga which is the bright star that can be seen above the three stars in Orion’s belt.

The beginning of Puanga can be seen in the last few days of May and the new year is marked at the sighting of the next new moon which occurs during June. It is a time to waananga, to honour the ancestors and plant hope for the future.

WHAT’S ON IN YOUR AREA?

PUANGA KAI RAU FESTIVAL, FRIDAY 8 JUNE – SUNDAY 10 JUNE

249 Mid Parihaka Road, Parihaka

More details at www.puanga.com

STARLAB PLANETARIUM, TUESDAY 12 JUNE, 3.30 & 4.15PM

Hawera Community Centre, Albion Street, Hawera

Be taken on a 45 minute journey through the universe. This portable, inflatable planetarium will dazzle the astronomer within you as you are taken on a tour of the solar system. Bookings are essential – call 0800 111 323.

PUANGA STORIES + ACTIVITIES, WEDNESDAY 13 JUNE, 10.30AM

Eltham LibraryPlus, 168 High Street, Eltham

Puhi Nuku tells Puanga stories and provides activities for children aged 0 – 99 years. Come and share kai and a morning learning together. Enquiries to Lis Marrow 0800 111 323

HE KAAKANO – THE SEED, WEDNESDAY 13 JUNE, 3.30 – 4.30PM

Waverley LibraryPlus, 58 Weraroa Road, Waverley

Learn about why we plant during Puanga, paint a mini mural, then plant a seed to watch it grow. Free to all children aged 0-99 years. Enquiries to Katherine Bosworth 0800 111 323

CREATE CONSTELLATIONS, THURSDAY 14 JUNE, 3.30 - 4.30PM

Eltham LibraryPlus, 168 High Street, Eltham

Using LED lights and copper, create constellations with paper circuitry. All children aged 5 - 12 years welcome. Enquiries to Lis Marrow, 0800 111 323

PUANGA TOT TIME, FRIDAY 15 JUNE, 10AM

Eltham LibraryPlus, 168 High Street, Eltham

Puanga Tot-Time - playtime and kai for pre-schoolers. Enquiries to Lis Marrow on 0800 111 323

PUANGA KAI RAU - GARDENING UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE STARS, FRIDAY 15 JUNE, 10.30 - 11.30AM

RSA Hall, Hawera

"It's our way of life, passed down from one generation to the next," is how Kere Taputoro explains Puanga Kai Rau. Using knowledge passed on from her Koro and whanau, Kere talks about how she uses the stars and the seasons as a guide to harvesting, planting and resting the garden to plant the seeds of knowledge in the minds of the next generation. Enquiries to CDUnit@stdc.govt.nz or phone 0800 111 323

SEE THE STARS, SATURDAY 16 JUNE, 6 – 8AM

Hawera Observatory, King Edward Park, Hawera

See the stars Puanga/Rigel and Matariki/Pleiades in the pre-dawn sky which herald in the New Year, as well as Te Punga/the Southern Cross and planets Rangiwhenua/Mars and Parearau/Saturn with the naked eye and with telescopes. Go inside the Observatory for a presentation about Taatai Arorangi/Maaori Astronomy and an opportunity for tangata whenua and the public to share their knowledge and ask questions. Note that seeing stars and planets depends on the sky being clear, but the event will go ahead regardless of weather and is free and open to all. Enquiries to Daniel Hovell, phone 029 299 4570

AOTEAROA MARAE, TUESDAY 19 JUNE, 11AM – 2PM

11 Hastings Road (Corner of Inuawai Road), Okiawa

Thank you lunch and marae visit for South Taranaki Volunteers. Please meet at the tomokanga (gate) at 10.50am for the whakatau (welcome). Enquiries to CDunit@stdc.govt.nz or phone 0800 111 323. Please RSVP by 5 June.

CUPPA KOORERO, THURSDAY 21 JUNE, 10.30 – 11.30AM

Caffeinate, High Street, Hawera

Come and learn basic greetings in Te Reo, talk together and practice your phrases. All levels of expertise welcome. South Taranaki District Council’s Iwi Liaison Officer Reg Korau will facilitate the group. Light finger food will be provided. Enquiries to CDUnit@stdc.govt.nz or phone 0800 111 323

POWER TO THE PUUORO

THURSDAY 21 JUNE, PATEA AREA SCHOOL, 10 – 11AM

FRIDAY 22 JUNE, ELTHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL, 10 – 11AM

Jerome Kavanagh, International Taonga Puoro Artist

An interactive show inspiring our children by celebrating culture, pride and self identity. An experience which is inclusive, created for all and combing the ancient with the modern. Jerome shares his family collection of around 40 different types of Taonga Puuoro (Ancient Maaori musical instruments) using live performance with modern sound technologies while weaving ancient storytelling that connects us all with nature. An awesome and inspiring show which is enjoyed by young and old. FREE admission and open to whanau and community. Enquiries to Michaela Stoneman, 0800 111 323