Coming Up: Matariki Focus


Matariki – the auspicious time of new beginnings in Aotearoa-New Zealand.  This year Matariki has coincided with a blast of cold, wet and high winds but it cannot dampen the creative activity and enthusiasm you’ll find around the Bay of Plenty.  

Make sure you get your shiny, green Matariki event handbook/programme. I got mine in the New Zealand Room/Reference Section of the Tauranga City Library (favourite place).  I’m sure they’re everywhere.  At the end of the Matariki event information you’ll find details of a public lecture about Tauranga Moana land issues. This is also part of the wider Matariki programme.   And check out this link from The Spinoff for more information about Matariki.
Matariki is a time to gather with friends and family and reflect on the year that has been…


This Friday 7th June The Incubator Creative Hub kicks off its Matariki programme – can’t wait to see the Michelle Estall solo exhibition.  Here’s The Incubator’s promotional information:-    “We invite you to join us at this astronomical event to launch the Incubator Creative Hub’s offerings to the Matariki Tauranga Moana calendar.
This exciting event launches 3 exhibitions concurrently in the two galleries with an impressive run sheet of stellar musical and cultural performances .

Opening: Te whānau o Matariki –The People’s Gallery – Toi ka rere

Opening: Ruahine A – Solo Exhibition by Michelle Estall

Opening: Mātātoa – Mumu Returns by Mumu Moore

Performance: Vocal Chords – BOP Health Providers Choir

Performance: the Te Hauora a Toi The BOP District Health Board Kapa Haka Group (The group of well being

Performance: Mana & the Maiden Warriors.
(Exhibitions continue for 3.5 weeks)

The Incubator Creative team continue their commitment to the recognition of Matariki as a time that not only showcases Māori New year and traditions but brings all New Zealanders closer together in a celebration of rebirth and the country’s rich cultural heritage.

It is an honour to be part of the Tauranga Moana Matariki advisory committee, it is a hugely significant time for us developing events that are meaningful,inclusive and bring people together through the arts and nurture new beginnings.”

And Rebecca Larsen’s “Tirama, Tirama Matariki” –  “Twinkle, Twinkle Matariki” will be launched on the 8th June 2019 12.30pm to 2.30pm at the Aihe Room of the Papamoa Library.  Free celebration, book reading, children’s activities and kai!   I’ve previously met Rebecca and loved her earlier book “Row, Row, Row Your Waka”.  We are both learning Te Reo Maori at Te Waananga o Aotearoa and were at a recent visit to Huria Marae in urban Tauranga.

Rebecca has a website and a facebook page.

PUBLIC LECTURE AT TAURANGA CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS:  As part of the Tauranga Moana Matariki celebrations for 2019, Historian Dr Alistair Reese will present a summary of his report, “Te Papa: Naboth’s Vineyard? Towards Reconciliation in Tauranga Moana”.        The land on which downtown Tauranga now stands is the Te Papa block. Ngati Tapu and Ngai Tamarawaho sold the land to the Church Missionary Society (CMS) in 1838 and 1839 in order to provide a base for CMS and to benefit local iwi. The missionaries held that whenua on solemn trust, knowing that it was to be returned to iwi if the purpose of the land changed. However, during the New Zealand Wars, CMS came under pressure from a land hungry government. In March 1866, following the battles in Tauranga, CMS bowed to demand and gifted more than 1000 acres of tribal land to the colonial government, without iwi approval. Historian Dr Alistair Reese has spent many years researching the Te Papa block and will present to us a summary of his report, “Te Papa: Naboth’s Vineyard? Towards Reconciliation in Tauranga Moana”.

Wed, 26 June 2019 – 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM  Tauranga City Council Chambers, 91 Willow Street, Tauranga

This event is free, but bookings need to be made through this link as numbers are limited:

Ngā mihi,

The memorial in the Otamataha Mission Cemetery acknowledging the effort by by local Tauranga Maori to protect their land

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Exhibitions everywhere:


Congratulations to Christina Pataialii who has been selected as the inaugural winner of the Rydal Art Prize; chosen by a panel of three leading New Zealand public art gallery curators.

The Rydal Art Prize is New Zealand’s newest art award, established by Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga in partnership with Seeds Trust, with a specific focus on a contribution to contemporary painting. This bi-annual prize awards an artist $20,000 for a work or body of work deemed to be outstanding in the field of painting over the prior two-year period. As a non-acquisitive prize, it celebrates the role that painting continues to play within our now varied field of artistic practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Matariki 2019: Celebrating the Māori New Year, in late June are three unique exhibitions with a range of workshops and public programmes paying homage to our ancestors and indigenous histories.
Louise Potiki Bryant and Santee Smith
22 June – 6 October 2019
This immersive video installation is an international collaboration between two prominent indigenous artists Louise Potiki Bryant (Ngāi Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Waitaha) and Santee Smith (Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario). Blood Water Earth explores ritual renewal, sacred alignments and the impact of colonisation on indigenous women, incorporating imagery from both Aotearoa and Canada.
Toured by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in partnership with the Auckland Arts Festival with support from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.
Hā: Lewis Tamihana Gardiner
22 June – 13 October 2019
Lewis Gardiner (Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Whanau a Apanui, Ngāi Tahu) is a leading pounamu artist who is attracted to working with jade for its solidity, beauty and ancestral connection. He is known for his unique design aesthetic, use of inlay and incorporating several varieties of jade in a single work to create depth and variety.
Mātiro: A survey of photography by Kapua Joy Bennett
22 June – 13 October 2019
Mātiro (loving gaze) is the first survey of black and white photography by Tauranga-based Kapua Joy Bennett (Ngāti Ranginui, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui). For more than three decades she was a prolific photographer capturing thousands of images from quiet domestic moments, portraits, street scenes, protests and Māori communities.
In partnership with Tauranga City Libraries and the whanau of Kapua Joy Bennett.

The Art Lounge in Downtown Tauranga has Max Thomson until 27th June 2019.  This private dealer gallery has a regular email of events, workshops and exhibitions.  Diverse styles of beautiful, original art at Macandmor in the Goddard Centre Downtown Tauranga.

Paul Herbert at the Atrium Gallery

Paul Herbert is the June exhibition at the Atrium Gallery within the Black Sheep on the corner of SH2 and Plummers Point Road, Whakamarama. 

Up in Katikati the Val Tubman exhibition is in its last days at The Carlton Gallery at The Arts Junction.  The next exhibition will be the Waihi Beach Art group from the 10th until the 22nd of June. 

The work of Suzanne Sturrock

The Bethlehem Pottery Club has an exhibition and sale of work at the Bob Owens Retirement Village Hall on the 15th and 16th June 2019.   Admission is free and there will be refreshments.   ARTbop has been to other Bethlehem Pottery exhibitions here – diverse creativity in a beautiful setting.  Check the Club’s facebook page for  details of opening times

And Saturday night at The Jam Factory you’ll find Paul Ubana Jones:

Paul Ubana Jones
MARK MAZENGARB & KATE MARTUCCI  at The Jam Factory Wednesday June 12th 2019.  I’ve been privileged to see and hear Mark on previous visits to Tauranga – flying fingers.  Here’s their promotional information from Eventfinda (where you can book tickets).   
Mark Mazengarb & Kate Martucci

Where: The Jam Factory, 17th Avenue, Historic Village, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

All the way from New York, don’t miss singer Katie Martucci on her brief tour of New Zealand! Joined by renowned NZ guitarist Mark Mazengarb (Guitar) this will be a night of world-class swing, old time and gypsy jazz music. I’m really excited to be able to bring Katie out to New Zealand ,I first saw her perform at a festival in the USA and was blown away by her voice and guitar playing!” says Mark Mazengarb, who is organising the tour.In recent years Mark has bought several groups out from the USA including the Lonely Heartstring Band, Joe Walsh, and Loren Barrigar.

If you like Norah Jones, Django Reinhardt, Swing or Old Time music – you’ll love this show!
Hailing from the rich musical history of the Catskill Mountains in New York State, Katie Martucci grew up singing and playing fiddle and guitar. The daughter of a jazz pianist, she began performing with her father at a young age.

By the first grade, she was writing her own songs and playing for tips. Her musical journeys led her to the Ashokan Western and Swing Week Fiddle & Dance Camp, vocal lessons with Laurel Masse of Manhattan Transfer, a brief stint of collegiate acapella at Skidmore College and ultimately, to the New England Conservatory. While at NEC, Katie studied voice, fiddle and songwriting in the Contemporary Improvisation Department, and had the opportunity to study with Dominique Eade, Ran Blake, Hankus Netsky, Carla Kihlstedt, and Eden MacAdam – Somer.

Mark Mazengarb is a kiwi guitarist who recently spent 7 years touring the USA full-time with American guitarist and singer Loren Barrigar. Mark has performed with many other world-class musicians, including Tommy Emmanuel and Frank Vignola. (”

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SUN, 23 JUN AT 15:00
And coming up at the end of June

Conducted by Justus Rozemond

Sunday, 30th June, 2019;  3.30pm, Baycourt Addison Theatre, Tauranga

The finals concert of our 6th biennial Concerto competition for 12-18 year old musicians from around the Bay of Plenty.  A panel of prestigious judges headed by well known conductor and musicologist Peter Walls will select the winner on the night.  Finalists will perform a movement from a concerto of their choice accompanied by the Symphonia. The finalists and their chosen pieces are (in alphabetical order)

  • Hayden Butt (Tauranga) – Weber Clarinet Concerto No 2
  • Huang Yu Li (Tauranga) – Mozart Piano Concerto No 9
  • James Robinson (Tauranga) – Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto
  • Leo Read (Taneatua) – David Trombone Concertino
  • Rosa Hook (Rotorua) – Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
  • Sumin Sarah Lee (Tauranga) – Mozart Violin Concerto No 3

During the judges’ deliberations the orchestra will play Janáček’s Adagio for Orchestra.    Prizes will be presented by His Worship the Mayor of Tauranga, Greg Brownless.

Tickets on sale from 30th May via,  phone 0800 842 538, or at Baycourt Box Office. 
Adult:  $24;  Concession: $22;  18 yrs and under: ONLY $2!   
Service fees will apply. Save costs by buying on-line in bulk, or at the box office! BOOK NOW

The image in the heading of this article is of one of the beautiful stained glass windows in the Wharenui  Tamatea-Pokai-Whenua at the Huria Marae, Judea, Tauranga.


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