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Matariki Dawn - An Installation By Michel Tuffery and Yvonne

Matariki Dawn - An Installation By Michel Tuffery and Yvonne

When:

  • Sat 10 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 11 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 12 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 13 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 14 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 15 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 16 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 17 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 18 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 19 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 20 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 21 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 22 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 23 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 24 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 25 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 26 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 27 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 28 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 29 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 30 Jun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 1 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 2 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 3 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 4 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 5 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 6 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 7 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 8 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 9 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 10 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 11 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 12 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 13 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 14 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 15 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 16 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 17 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 18 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 19 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 20 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 21 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 22 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 23 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 24 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 25 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 26 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 27 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 28 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 29 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 30 Jul, 10:00am – 4:00pm
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Where:

Mahara Gallery, 20 Mahara Place, Waikanae Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Mayor Gurunathan will open the exhibition at 4pm on Saturday 10 June, with Tu Meke, our renowned senior Kapiti kapahaka group.

Artists Michel Tuffery and Yvonne de Mille are both inspired by the traditional use of Manu Aute and Manu Tukutuku kites during Matariki. Matariki Dawn installation references the excitement of the first sightings of the Matariki stars at dawn – the signal that the new year is about to begin.

Manu Aute is a generic name for Māori kites, but it specifically refers to those covered with the bark of the aute (paper mulberry) tree, which these ones by Michel Tuffery are. Manu Aute were made in a variety of forms but tended to be in the shape of a bird, a form which is found across the Pacific including Tahiti, Rarotonga and Kiribati.

For Michel Tuffery, kites are a metaphor for renewal. The original Manu Aute could be considered as being the old cellphone network between earth and sky. Kites were used for communication, both as a spiritual connection with ancestors and as a messenger between Pā sites in different locations.

Yvonne de Mille loves the associations between the magic and wonderment of light and fire and that Matariki is specific to Aotearoa. Her kite-like structures embody that connection between earth, sky and stars and reflect the energy and excitement of celebration

This exhibition is part of the programme for Matariki Rising 2017.

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