A plethora of events and entertainment is planned for a Matariki celebration at Sculptureum in Matakana on June 24.
The line-up will include interactive exhibitions, live art demonstrations, Māori entertainment, wearable arts and a themed dinner.
Sculptureum is partnering with TIME Unlimited for the event, with the opportunity for visitors to gain access to talented Māori creators and educators, and to immerse themselves in Matariki traditions, both old and new.
TIME Unlimited Tours are dedicated to creating meaningful experiences and connections with New Zealand’s heritage, history and culture. The organisation has a direct focus on incorporating Māori experiences into their tourism offerings, with the TIME component of their name standing for “To Integrate Māori Experiences”.
Sculptureum spokesperson Charlotte Bygrave says the daytime events will be packed with family-friendly activities along with access to Sculptureum’s galleries and gardens, which features more than 650 artworks from local and international artists spread across 1.4km of accessible pathways and galleries.
“Joining us on the day will be Māori kaitoi (artists) Hinauri Mead and Shelley Bell, HIWA’s Nettie Norman, Mahara Creatives’ Cathy Livermore, fashion designer Jeanine Clarkin and TIME Unlimited’s own Māori hosts including their Wayfinders’ Rangatahi Creative Group,” she says.
The evening programme will include performances by Māori singers and entertainers to accompany a special five-course themed dinner.
Bygrave says a stellar line-up of talent will be presented, hosted by Kaikōrero (MC) Duane Wichman-Evans, from Oystar Creatives. Kaiwaiata (vocalists) Thomas Stowers and Krissy Knap will provide entertainment throughout the night, alongside TIME Unlimited’s Ceillhe Sperath and weaver Hinauri Mead ,who will share their knowledge of Matariki traditions.