NZMACI Takurua 50th Events

This year’s NZMACI 50th Celebrations Takurua Events was marked by the rise of Matariki who heralds the coming of the Māori New Year.  Te Puia | NZMACI staff and Rotorua District Council staff were joined together by a star-gazing event narrated by Hohepa Tuahine at Te Tihi-o-Tonga during the early morning, after which those who attended returned to Te Puia to share a Matariki breakfast.

This was an important exercise in acknowledging the relationship that exists between Te Puia | NZMACI and the Rotorua District Council over the 50 years that the National Institute has been operating.

Te Puia | NZMACI was also joined by Te Whare Ahorangi who provided a series of daily Matariki lectures inside our meeting house here on-site Te Aronui-ā-Rua.  The lectures were open to the public and were attended by school groups, local artists and community members as well as Te Puia | NZMACI whānau and staff.  The lectures provided great insight into the world of Mātauranga Māori, couched within the context of Matariki and the 50th year celebrations. 

The Matariki lectures provided an intellectual edge to the winter events here on-site.

Our Café staff from Food & Beverage enhanced the event further by designing and incorporating a special menu that was offered on special as a part of the celebrations.  The menu, which blended cuisine with typical pā foods included a delicious pork & watercress pasty which became the talk of the event.

Tā moko artists and weavers from throughout the country were hosted inside Whare Tāpere, a building here on-site which they used to demonstrate the making of manu tukutuku kites as well as live tā moko demonstrations for the public.  The demonstrations invited some of the most prolific artists of the Māori world to practice their art form and speak to their work.  The live tā moko demonstrations even included a practitioner of the uhi – the traditional chisels used to etch moko into the skin.

Finally, the event was concluded by a fantastic Matariki Jojo Super 9’s Kapa Haka event which drew participating teams and audiences from all over the country to share in both the NZMACI and to commemorate the passing of the late Waimarie Jojo Waaka.

The winners of the Jojo Super 9’s event walked away with cash prizes as well as an invitation from the Huata family to perform at the Māori Music Awards which is hosted annually in Hastings. 

The Jojo 9’s event marked the end of the NZMACI Takurua event celebrations, while the next season on the NZMACI 50th Celebrations Events Calendar is Kōanga – Spring.

Be sure to check out event listings and activities in our upcoming posts!