Matariki Kōrero: Puanga

Throughout June, guest speakers will chair a weekly series of Matariki talks about kai Māoripractices connected to taonga from our collection.

This kōrerowill be about Puanga – the whetū that for some iwi, signals the Māori New Year.

When | Āhea

Mon 17 Jun 2024, 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Where | Ki hea

Rongomaraeroa, our marae, Level 4

Cost | Te utu

Free event, booking advised 

Join Rereata Mākiha and whānau as they discuss Puanga taiao practices. This kōrero will focus on using the maramataka within gardening and harvesting practices, with a special focus on the humble kūmara and peruperu potatoes. 

Rereata Makiha is a renowned kai kōrero who is focused on enlighting and expanding understanding of kōrero tuku iho, tirotiro whetū, ngā taka o te marama, and mahinga kai. Rereata works alongside rangatahi, whānau, hapū, and iwi. Still actively curious, he continues to contribute to a continuing tūpuna mātauranga and applies these knowledge systems at home in Hokianga. 

Julian Wilcox is an award-winning broadcaster, former television executive, local industry veteran and is one of Māori Television’s founding members. Alongside holding a number of media production, academic, and management roles, including Chief Officer of Operations for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, he also runs his own company, is a valued kaikōrero on all of his marae, and is a PhD student completing his Doctorate at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in te reo Māori, focused on Kupe.

Dallas King is the kai kōrero for Ngāti Kaharau and Ngāti Hau hapū ki Hokianga. She is an advocate of tūpuna mātauranga with a particular interest in wai Māori. An experienced public speaker and facilitator, King promotes ancestral knowledge systems alongside innovation as a sustaining basis for systemic transformation.

Rereata Makiha and Dallas King. Photo Courtesy of Dallas King