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Hailing the rising dawn: celebrating Matariki

AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL

MEDIA RELEASE

3 July 2006

Hailing the rising dawn: celebrating Matariki and Te Wiki o te Reo

Ketekete mai ngā ngutu ki te pūaoaotanga o te rā.

A choral of voices hailing the rising dawn.

To celebrate the rising of Matariki and Te Wiki o te Reo (Māori Language Week 24 – 30 July), Auckland City Libraries is holding an exhibition called ‘Pūaoaotanga’ or ‘rising dawn’ at the Central City Library from 3 – 31 July.

The exhibition encompasses the many different aspects of Matariki which signifies the Māori New Year and Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - a celebration of the indigenous language of Aotearoa.

Anahera Morehu, Kai Ārahi at Auckland City Libraries, says:

“Te wiki o te reo Māori allows us to explore and celebrate not only the Māori language but also our relationship and influence of the environment on our language. “

The exhibition celebrates ngā reo, the many voices from the environment and how they play a major part in te Ao Māori. The Pūaoaotanga exhibition illustrates these voices which form an orchestration of symbolic harmonies presented through Te Uhi Mataora (the voices of traditional tattooing), Rau Whakairo (the voices of carving), Tuhi Māreikura (the voices of man), and Ngā Manu Korokī (the voices of the birds).

The exhibition utilises the unique Heritage collections such as Māori manuscripts, lithographs, photographs, and oral histories housed within Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero – Auckland City Libraries.

Exhibition details

Date: 3 July – 31 July

Location: Whare Wānanga, Level 2 Heritage Floor, Central City Library 44 – 46 Lorne Street, Auckland city

Tours: If you are interested in a group visit or a tour of the exhibition contact Te Rōpū Rātonga Māori on ph (09) 373 6281 or email on library_trmm@aucklandcity.govt.nz.

For more information, check out our website www.aucklandcitylibraries.com.

No reira e ngā rau rangatira ma, nau mai, haere mai ki te whakaaturanga nei, kia whakarongorongo ki te reo o te Pūtaiao. No reira, korihi ngā manu taki ata ki roto i te Ao Tūroa. Hei whakaohooho, hei whakahihiko nei. No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

ENDS

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