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swaporamarama_lyttelton_festival_of_lightsSwap-O-Rama-Rama - upcycle your wardrobe!

When: Saturday 19 June, 11am - 4pm

Where: Lyttelton Recreation Centre, Wincester Street

How much: $10 plus a bag of clothes per person.

A clothing swap where people can create new items from old treasures. This event is sponsored by Singer (sewing machines) and Yudu (screen printers).

New Zealand's first Swap-O-Rama-Rama was on 20 February 2010 as part of the Lyttelton Summer Festival. It was a huge success. Many thanks to all the event's 40 volunteers, who sorted, sewed and screenprinted amazing creations for the more than 250 people who attended!

Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a giant clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores reuse and creativity through the recycling of used clothing. At Swap-O-Rama-Rama consumers are taught to be creators and this transformation takes place through the local talent in the community.

Swap-O-Rama-Rama by Wendy Tremayne, is an international network protected under a Creative Commons License. Lyttelton’s Swap-O-Rama-Rama is proud to be sponsored by Singer and Yudu. For more information and upcoming Swap-O-Rama-Ramas click here.

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Matariki Celebrations

Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars which is visible in the New Zealand night sky at a specific time of the year. Matariki re-appears in the dawn sky mid-winter signalling the start of the Māori New Year and the date changes each year according to the Māori lunar calendar.

Whakaraupo Carving Centre tutor Caine Tauwhare from local hapu Ngāti Wheke talks about the significance and traditions of Matariki here