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“Whakanuia te tau hou”

Celebrate the new year (Matariki)’

This week’s whakatāuki is explained by Anahera Higgins nō Ngāti Konohi.

In Te Ahi Kaa this week, part three of the six-part series Whaikorero features. The 1981 panel discussion recording is hosted by Wiremu Parker nō Ngāti Pōrou, with panellists Tamati Kruger no Ngai Tuhoe; and Ruka Broughton nō Ngā Rauru. Sourcing material from the Centre of Māori studies and Research from the University of Waikato, the men analyse the whaikorero (formal speech) by Hunaara Hiiroki Tāngaere at the tangihanga of renowned composer Tuini Ngawai (1910 – 1965), at Pakirikiri Marae, Tokomaru Bay.

Whiti te Ra: The Story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira is the current iwi exhibiting at the National Museum, Te Papa Tongarewa.  Justine Murray takes a tour of the exhibition with Te Papa curator Awhina Tamarapa and Ngāti Toa Rangatira project manager, Jennie Smeatton.

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Te Papa curator Awhina Tamarapa and Ngati Toa Rangatira Project Manager, Jennie Smeatton.

Theatre; art exhibitions; music gigs and film are all part of the Matariki festival happening in Auckland until the end of July. Anahera Higgins is the Māori programme leader for Arts and Culture at the Auckland Council; she talks about a few of the highlights that begins with the official dawn ceremony on June 28th at The Cloud on Auckland's Waterfront.

Waiata featured:  ‘Ka Mate’ performed by Rotorua Māori Performance Group from the album Māori Gift of Song (2001).