Puanga ki Hihiaua 2024

Lee Morunga, Numa Mackenzie, Wiremu Sarich and more
Every Saturday of June 2024
From the rise of Puanga to the rise of Matariki

Step into a world of community, creativity and culture at our Hihiaua Open Days! Local and resident artists will be actively working on pieces offering a rare glimpse into the process behind the masterpieces, and a chance to learn more about their techniques.

From the rise of Puanga to the rise of  Matariki, we will have new art works for sale from our wonderfully creative Kaitoi (Artists) from Te Taitokerau. Faith Mcmanus, Maude Cook-Davies, Erena Donnelly, Michelle Morunga, A.J Prime and Leigh Tawharu to name a few.

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Gospel Music with Lee Morunga

As part of our First Hihiaua Open Day, we are excited to be hosting Lee Morunga, Maori performing artist and teacher. Lee will be facilitating activities focused on gospel singing introducing the community to the techniques and emotional depth required to truly convey the spirit of gospel music. Come along to experience the joy and community of gospel singing, and let your spirit soar to new heights!

Mātātuhi (Block Printmaking) with Numa Mackenzie
As part of our second Hihiaua Open Day, we are excited to be hosting Numa MacKenzie AKA Numa Nature’s Gentleman. Numa will be sharing knowledge about traditional and contemporary printing techniques of the moana, and facilitating the community to do their own fabric printing. Bring your own item to print (must be a natural fibre eg. cotton) or buy a t-shirt from us on the day.
Whai Storytelling with Wiremu Sarich
As part of our third Hihiaua Open Day, we are excited to be hosting Wiremu Sarich (Te Rarawa, Ngapuhi, Tainui), who will be weaving tales of the legendary Māui through whai (intricate string formations). His unique storytelling technique combines the ancient art of string games with captivating narratives about the clever and adventurous Māui. Don’t miss this mesmerizing blend of visual art and storytelling!


Back to the Roots Recipes 

Join Soil and Cultures for a collective cooking workshop celebrating the Puanga Matariki Festival and their six-month ‘Back to the Roots’ programme.
The participants will work together to prepare four traditional Asian recipes using produce from their gardens. After the cooking is complete, everyone will have the opportunity to savour the dishes . The event will also feature zines containing stories and recipes for the quests to take home.