As Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori draws to a close we can all stop using your newly learned kupu and vastly improved pronunciation until next year, right?
KAO. (That's a big NO, just in case you were wondering)
You can use te reo Māori and embrace the arts and culture of indigenous New Zealanders any time. And in Christchurch we've got some great opportunities coming up to do just that so let's keep the poro rolling with -
Every Monday on this blog there'll be a kupu hou (new word) to add to your vocabulary, complete with a link where you can listen online so no worries about not getting your pronunciation tino tika.
Māori art vector prints by Dallas Matoe and Lino cuts by George Aranui, until 15 August at Linwood Community Arts Centre/Eastside Gallery.
NZIFF documentary about the planning and building of New Zealand's first "living building", Te Wharehou o Tūhoe. This is no Grand Designs, it's much more than that. Session on 15 & 16 August.
This year’s expression of ‘Ngā Whanaunga’ – which means relatedness and connectedness between peoples – is realised with films from Aotearoa, Hawaii, Samoa and Tuvalu. Session on 19 & 23 August.
Investigative journalist Kim Webby's documentary about Tūhoe activist Tame Iti and the Urewera Four. A portrait of a man and his "rightly embittered philosophy". Session on 10 & 11 August.
Documentary about the tragic death of Janet Moses in 2007 as the result of a mākutu lifting by her family. Session on 17 & 18 August.
These guys are the business. Don't believe me? Check out their te reo version of Lorde's Royals and then tell me one of their shows wouldn't be a great night out.
Tickets for their 10 & 11 September gigs are selling fast so kia tere!
He Kure e Huna Ana is a Pounamu creation story of Poutini and Waitaki but one which develops with the help of the audience. At the Court Theatre 8-10 September.
Priscilla Cowie (Ngai Tahu, Ngati Kahu, Nga Puhi, Ngati Pakeha) presents a new sculptural installation honouring the tuna or long finned eel. View it between 28 August and 13 September at The Arts Centre Market Square.