2022 Puanga Events
Mātai ki te rangi, tērā ko Puanga, ko te tohu mō te tau hou.
As one gazes to the heavens, it is Puanga signalling the New Year.
When Matariki appears low in the eastern sky, people celebrate the Māori 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 every year and the new year is marked at the sighting of the next new moon which occurs during June. It is a time to wānanga, to honour the ancestors and plant hope for the future.
|2 - 30 June||LibraryPlus Roadshow|
Cultural Services Librarian, Eileen Kolai-Tuala and Museum Team Leader, Luana Paamu from Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki, met with Turangapito Parata at the Ngāti Ruanui offices to record the important oral history of our region. The aim of these stories is to ensure we share the experiences and viewpoint from our South Taranaki Iwi. Sessions are 9.15-10.45 am, 11-12.30 pm and then 1-2.30 pm.
|1 - 25 June||LYSAGHT WATT GALLERY, Puanga Kai Rau - The Abundant Harvest of Puanga, Toi o Taranaki Ki Te Tonga. 4-6 Union Street, Hawera. |
Curated by Bonita Bigham until 25 June 2022Puanga is the season of celebration, remembrance, preparation and renewal. Crops have been harvested, food safely stored for the long nights of winter and grounds are prepared for the next growing season. Toi o Taranaki Ki Te Tonga welcomes you to join in this artistic celebration of Puanga - its ringatoi presenting works that reflect our whakapapa, experiences, understanding of and place in our world in this modern context. Nau mai, haere mai.Hours: Monday-Friday 10-3 pm; Saturday 10-12.30 pm. Phone 06 278 7611
|11 June||PARIHAKA PUANGA KAI RAU FESTIVAL - Parihaka Papakainga, 249 Mid Parihaka Road, Parihaka Pa|
An annual festival celebrating the Māori New Year at Taranaki's iconic home of peace. Activities include karakia, waiata, poi, mahi in the maara (work in the garden) and fun for the kids. Enjoy a bonfire and evening concert of local musicians. Bring gumboots, warm clothes and raincoats especially for tamariki and kaumatua. Bring a torch and garden tools, musical instruments to jam around the fire. The event is family friendly, alcohol and drug free. Shared kai from the maara - feel free to contribute. The organisers encourage carpooling to reduce emissions. Full details can be found on Parihaka Puanga Kai Rau Festival on Facebook or www.puanga.com
|16 June||PUANGA AT AOTEA UTANGANUI MUSEUM OF SOUTH TARANAKI - 127 Egmont Street, Pātea |
Fun, interactive sessions to learn about Puanga. South Taranaki LibraryPlus and Aotea Utanganui Museum South Taranaki teamed up with Ngāti Ruanui to record local stories of Puanga, the star Taranaki Iwi sees which marks the beginning of the Māori New Year. For more information read about the LibraryPlus Puanga Roadshow above. Session times: 9.15-10.45 am; Session 2: 11.00-12.30 pm
|23 - 27 June||GALLERY PĀTEA - PUANGA - 56A Egmont Street, Pātea|
Featuring artworks by senior students from Pātea Area School and St Joseph's School, Pātea, acknowledging the arrival of Puanga, the star welcomed on this coastline at the turning of the season. Local artists will support the young creatives by exhibiting small works. Some traditiions say Puanga (Rigel) 'pulls up' Matariki (Pleiades). Along the Western Coast, Tai Hauaru we see and greet Puanga as the star that signals the beginning of another cycle.
|27 June||THE RISE OF PUANGA - Ōpunakē LibraryPlus, Ōpunakē|
An interesting and informative presentation with guest speaker Maata Wharehoka to talk to you about "The Rise of Puanga" and "Parihaka" from 11-12.30 pm
|29 June||CELEBRATING PUANGA - Manaia LibraryPlus|
Learn from guest speaker Puhi Nuku when she talks about "Celebrating Puanga and Puanga Traditions" from 10.15-11.30 amBoth events are followed by a light morning tea and is a registration only event with limited numbers. Please RSVP by email to Fran.Levings@stdc.govt.nz by 20 June.
|4 - 29 July||THE VILLAGE GALLERY, ELTHAM - Puanga Looking Up - 166 High Street, Eltham|
An open invitation for artists from Taranaki or Whanganui to submit up to two works with a personal interpretation of the theme. Puanga is a time of reflection, preparation and celebration - planning and looking to the future as well as remembering and honouring the past. $5 fee per artwork, 20% sales commission. A 'People's Choice' vote will be taken and a (donated) prize awarded to the winner. Entry forms, terms and conditions are available at the Gallery or phone/text Lorna on 027 328 387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours Tuesday-Friday 10-2.30 pm; Saturday 10.30-1 pm.