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NZMACI 50th Celebrations – Takurua Event

23 July 2019

NZMACI wishes to bring communities together to celebrate 50 years of services to the nation and to honour the many people that have been a part of that journey. The National Institute invites members of the public to join us in acknowledging a rich legacy of contribution to Māori arts & crafts nationwide.

In conjunction with the coming of Takurua – the Winter solstice – NZMACI wishes to celebrate and give thanks by acknowledging and remembering those who have passed beyond the veil.  The Takurua event hopes to celebrate these heroes through the sharing and bringing of people together to learn and engage in intellectual pursuits, joined together by the warmth of one another during the cold season.

Takurua reminds us further of our potentiality to bring abundance to our iwi, our hapū and our whānau, encouraging us all to grow the fruits of our labour for the year ahead.

“Ka rewa a Matariki, he tohu o te wānanga ki rō whare…”

“With the rise of Matariki, it is a sign to head indoors to learn…”

The NZMACI Takurua events planned for June 19th through to June 30th will begin with Live Tā Moko demonstrations, Tā Moko lectures, a Matariki Whakaari (play) manutukutuku (kite) making, Matariki lectures and a Te Iwa o Matariki Super 9’s Haka Competition.

We hope that you will join us for the festivities! Details below:


NZMACI 50th Celebrations - Matariki

Te Puia | New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute, Rotorua

All events are free for locals with a whānau card. Otherwise standard admission charges apply (see for admission charges).


Matariki Lectures

Monday 19 June – Friday 23 June, 9am

Learn about the history and traditions of Matariki in this fascinating lecture series


Live Tā Moko Demonstrations

Monday 19 June – Sunday 25 June, 10am – 5pm

Watch Tā moko practitioners in action and learn about the designs and techniques from the artists.


Tā Moko Lectures

Monday 19 – Friday 23 June, 12.30pm

Learn about the history and traditions of tā moko from respected practitioners of the art form.


Matariki Whakaari (Play)

Monday 19 – Friday 23 June, 11am and 1pm and Monday 26 – Friday 30 June, 11am only

A special one hour long Matariki Whakaari (play) presented by Ahorangi Genesis for primary school students.


Manutukutuku making (Kite making)

Monday 26 – Friday 30 June, 10am – 5pm

Māori kite flying traditions have a highly symbolic connection to Matariki – the two were historically inseparable.  Take a journey forward to the future and back to the past – to ‘Matariki’, the dawn of a new Māori year, and to ‘manu tukutuku’, a symbol of Māori culture that has soared through the skies of history.  Learn how to make Manu Tukutuku while listening to the beautiful stories associated with them.


Ngā Iwa o Matariki – Super 9 Kapa Haka Competition

Wednesday 28-Friday 30 June, 1.15-3pm

Come and witness a Māori performing arts (kapa haka) extravaganza with 9 teams of 9 performers battling it out for 9 minutes each in a fierce competition that combines traditional Kapa Haka with innovative entertainment.  

Learn more about our 50th celebrations