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Creativity stars at Auckland Libraries this Matariki

Published: 2 June 2017

Join with your local community to celebrate the Māori New Year, at a series of free creative events and activities on offer at Auckland Libraries from June 10 - July 2 as part of Matariki Festival 2017.

Māori fashion is the first to step out this Matariki. Takapuna Library will showcase Matariki Woven Histories on 10 June, featuring master weaver Shona Tawhaio’s designs on the catwalk; they highlight Māori innovation and mahi raranga (weaving) in a high fashion setting. They are also captured in a photographic exhibition to be shown at Takapuna and Waitakere Libraries.

Head to Matariki Ki Papakura, on 24 June to see Papakura Library and Museum’s foyer come alive with artists showcasing their skills in tā moko (tattoo), raranga (weaving), whakairo (carving) and uku (clay).

Take the kids and let your imagination disappear into the world of Matariki at Ōtara Library’s Maori and Pacific Storytelling for Kids,. There’s something for all ages at Matariki at Papatoetoe Library , including Matariki Wriggle and Rhyme, Story time for Little Tamariki and Matariki Knowledge Quiz

Look out for an Auckland Library mobile bus sporting new artwork by talented Māori artist, Zak Waipara, which will be hitting the road this Matariki. Waipara’s eye-catching artwork features contemporary interpretations of Māui legends, bringing to life the outer walls of the bus as it does the important job of reaching Aucklanders in places and at times that are different from those of our 55 community libraries.

Discover the stories of Matariki at libraries across Auckland at Urungia ō tātou rā anamata: Navigating our future.  Take the opportunity to view screenings of Ngā mata o te ariki, o Tāwhirimātea: The eyes of the god, Tāwhirimātea; and participate in a variety of wānanga and Matariki whaikōrero across Tāmaki.

Councillor Dr Cathy Casey is excited to see creative Māori talent showcased at Auckland Libraries in celebration of Matariki.

“Our libraries are creative hubs, the perfect place to bring together our communities to enjoy and experience the rich variety of Māori arts and culture on offer during this year’s Matariki Festival.”

“From a funky fashion show and photography exhibition, to captivating Matariki storytelling and crafts, there’s something for all ages to celebrate Matariki at Auckland Libraries this month.”

For more information on Matariki at Auckland Libraries see,, or phone 09 301 0101.


Notes for Editors

Matariki Woven Histories

Opening Fashion Showcase: Saturday June 10 Takapuna Library, 6-8pm (rsvp essential to

Photographic Exhibition: June 10 – July 2, Takapuna and Waitakere Libraries

This photographic exhibition highlights Maori innovation and mahi raranga (weaving) in a high fashion setting using master weaver Shona Tawhaio’s designs. Mohawks, helmets, bones, horns, armour and black kupenga, woven harakeke are combined to represent the star constellation known in Māori cosmology as Matariki. The exhibition will open on June 10 with a special fashion showcase featuring Shona’s garments.

 Auckland Libraries’ mobile buses

These roaming libraries travel throughout the Auckland region, carrying a range of physical books and magazines that are suitable for customers of all ages. They're especially helpful for those who may find it challenging to visit a library branch. Mobile librarians are also trained to show Aucklanders how to access the ever expanding range of free e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines to be found via the Auckland Libraries website.

 The new mobile library artwork features a contemporary interpretation by Zak Waipara of the legends Māui and Fire, Māui and the Sun, and Māui’s Giant Fish.

 For more information and full programme go to

About Matariki Festival 2017
This festival features over 100 events at venues Auckland wide from 10 June to 2 July, and is proudly hosted by the Auckland Council in partnership with Ngāti Manuhiri with the help of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (principal partner), AMI Insurance (supporting partner), Mai FM (media partner), SKYCITY and The US Embassy and Consulate in New Zealand (supporters).

For more information see and follow us on facebook @MatarikiFestival and #matariki17. Pick your programme up from your local Auckland Library and selected cafes and retail outlets.