June 27, 2014
Poetry and kapa haka Matariki weekend fare
Some of the countrys leading Maori poets and join with emerging writers for a free Matariki reading in Auckland tomorrow.
Maori Poets Celebrate Matariki at the Devonport Artspace features Ben Brown from Lyttelton, Apirana Taylor from Kapiti, Auckland’s own Robert Sullivan, and social historian, novelist and poet, Kelly Ana Morey from Mangawhai, who has just taken up the Maori residency at the Michael King Writers’ Centre.
It also features writer Te Awhina Arahanga, publisher and poet Kiri Piahana-Wong, and an emerging young poet Amber Esau.
At the other end of the motu, Wellington’s Te Papa Tongarewa will resound with the sound of up to 300 performers between the ages of 50 and 98 taking part in the seventh New Zealand Post Kaumatua Kapa Haka.
The ten roopu performing on Saturday and Sunday come from as far away as Auckland and Christchurch.
Puti Mackey from organisers He Kura Te Tangata Trust says it’s an opportunity for senior arts performers and enthusiasts to perform Maori compositions written before 1970, keep the old songs alive, and show the youngsters how it should be done.
And in Hamilton, there's a day of activities at the the Waikato art museum for E Nga iwi Whakatupu, a collection of cloaks and other weaving by the late Rangimarie Hetet, her daughter Diggeress Te Kanawa and their associates.
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