Then Millennium, Now Matariki


NEW ZEALAND NEW MILLENNIUM a decade in pictures New Zealand Herald Penguin Group (NZ) Auckland 2011

“It is at once a collection of images illustrating the considerable talents of the Herald’s photographers, and a rich and thrilling snapshot of the first decade of the new millenium” A wideranging but selected collection of images – 2003 anti GE protest; Willie Apiata in war zone appearance; a 2004 photograph of Tama Iti (taken during the foreshore and seabed hikoi) his expression mirroring the sadness and despair of an historic enamalled advertising sign’ images of Kylie Guy and Louise Deans captured in moments of intense personal tragedy; cute images of children, fashion and social emotion. Pathos and delight – the gamut of New Zealand life. If you were there, read it to remember. If you weren’t there it’s a wonderful if selective insight into the decade.



Our New Zealand earth and environment New Year. Ironically it is the exotic deciduous trees which clearly indicate that something is moving in my world. The leaf buds are greening and the flower buds are just waiting ready to leap out. The Creative Tauranga Community Gallery had the group exhibition Matariki from 6 to 25 June (see above in Been and Seen – Exhibitions). The Tauranga City through its network of libraries and community facilities (think Baycourt Community Arts Centre and Arataki Community Centre) has an extensive Matariki focussed programme. Many of these events are free. For children and young people there are story and song evenings at local libraries, a Tamariki Day, craft making; a youth leadership workshop. For the wider community there is a similar programme. Baycourt Community Arts Centre host the Okareka Dance Company’s performance of MANA WAHINE (there is a cost for this event). The Baycourt Exhibition Room also has performances of Te Ao – The Creation told through puppetry and te reo Maori – a unique experience. One of the workshops is Mai uta ki tai – a forum celebrating environmental cross cultural research. This is a free workshop but bookings are essential. There is a programme booklet available. The back cover lists all the events, times and venues and content on the back cover for speedy reference. The individual event descriptions are excellent and clearly indicate whether they are free or there is a cost.


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