Pīata Mai Matariki Festival

Te Rāapa 26 ki te Rāhoroi 29 ō Pipiri

Te Whare Whakairi Toi o te Hapori, Ōtepoti

Creative Natives Aotearoa is excited to bring Ōtepoti the Pīata Mai Matariki Festival - a new event that celebrates the marking of Puaka Matariki and provides a platform for local artists, creatives and innovators to pīata, or shine.

The mid-winter helical rising of the Matariki star cluster (also known as Pleiades) or the reappearance of the lone star Puaka (Rigel) – significant for Kāi Tahu – signals the beginning of the traditional Māori maramataka, the lunar calendar.  This phenomenon is celebrated worldwide in many different ways; in Aotearoa, this is a time of reflection, a time to look to the future, set goals and acknowledge progress.  Traditionally, the new year stars seen brightly in the correct pre-dawn sky is a sign of a good season to come and is celebrated by a hākari or feast.  Join us in this new year feast of Māori talent.

The inaugural four-day Pīata Mai Matariki Festival includes an exhibition featuring works from local artists Jen Duff, Simon Kaan, Metiria Turei, Jonnny Waters, Heramaahina Eketone, Vicki Lenihan and senior students from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.  Chris Flavell will join forces with local weavers to construct a Manu Aute (kite) on site.  The festival marketplace will showcase products from a range of young Māori entrepreneurs.  Workshops and presentations will feature throughout; details will be announced shortly.

At night, the venue will transform to shine the light on our performing artists.  Our youngest and brightest stars from He Waka Kōtuia will open the festival with songs from their album He Mahi Tamariki supported by Mara TK.  The second night features a fashion show with local designers Amber Bridgman and Lah Di Dah, and The Poets Collective who will bring our history to life through spoken word.  KUMA will host a networking event for Māori business professionals in a night designed to nurture healthy competition through an interactive game of trivial pursuit.

The festival will be open to the public between 10am and 4pm. Entry is by gold coin donation.  

Tickets for evening events can be purchased online at eventfinda.co.nz.

Pīata Mai Matariki Festival is proudly supported by Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, Tahu FM, KUMA Southern Māori Business Network, Dunedin Puaka Matariki Festival, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Kūkū Coffee Ōtepoti, Kokiri Training Centre, He Waka Kōtuia, Inati Arts and Events, Mātāwai Consultancy, Dunedin City Council, Little Red Pen, Kuru Kuru Wines, Gravity Events, Lah Di Dah Entertainment, De Flavell Gallery, Te Whānau Arohanui Trust, Auahi Kore, Tauiwi Solutions and Speedprint.

For more information, go to piatamaifestival.co.nz and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.