Ka Awatea – A Celebration of Matariki 23 -30 June
Matariki will be at the heart of Lyttelton’s week-long winter celebrations.
Matariki marks the Māori New Year and the celebrations, led by local hapu Ngāti Wheke, feature a range of events touching on Matariki themes of connection, renewal, tradition and community.
All events are free and everyone is welcome and encouraged to come along.
Sunday 23 June
6 – 8.30pm Opening night of Ka Awatea at Collett’s Corner.
Led by local hapu, Ngati Wheke, the opening of the week of celebrations of Matariki come together for karakia, kõrero and waiata. Food from the fire provided by Lyttelton Primary School.
Monday 24 June
7.30 – 9pm Jabalani Chair at Lyttelton Union Parish Chapel
Jabalani Choir invite you to a heart-warming experience on a cold night!
Lyttelton Union Parish Chapel, 40 Winchester Street. Be entertained with an informal concert and take part in some simple harmony singing. Hot drinks provided.
Tuesday 25 June (MATARIKI)
7.30 - 9.00pm "Old Fashioned Singalong" at The Commoners
Join Backyard Davey for an "old fashioned singalong" Remember the good old days when we used to gather around and sing? It’s time to revive it and reconnect. The Commoners, British Hotel, Norwich Quay.
Tuesday 25 June, Wednesday 26 June, Thursday 27 June and Friday 28 June 11.30 – 2pm Carving and weaving at the Museum site London Street
Share kõrero, kai and even have a go at traditional carving with Caine Tauwhare, Whakaraupo Carving School tutor Tues - Friday , and weaving with Toni Rowe Thursday and Friday. Lyttelton Museum site, London Street
Caine Tauwhare talks about the tradition and importance of Matariki here
Wednesday 26 June
7pm A thank you to volunteers and friends of past-festivals at Lyttelton Top Club.
6.30 - 7.30pm Lyttelton Library Winter stories and hot chocolate.
When the sun has gone down, join us at the library for a fun session of stories, songs and rhymes followed by crafts and hot chocolate. Pyjamas and teddies optional but very welcome
Thursday 27th June
7.30pm Stargazing at Eruption. Telescopes on the top deck, mulled wine and $15 pizzas all night!
Due to short notice we were unable to get permission to screen the planned film but Ngā Manu Kōrihi Ōtautahi, who co-ordinate most of the Parihaka events in the city, are planning a showing of Tātarakihi: The Children of Parihaka in October.
Friday 28 June
6 - 8.30pm Youth Event. Sponsored by LPC, at The Grassy and skate park.
Samba band workshop and parade from school at 6pm, followed by DJ’s, Pedal Mania and pizza from community garden pizza oven (fundraiser for Year 8 camp).
Saturday 29 June
6.30 – 9pm Dance and supper at Trinity Hall.
Bill Baritompa will teach the dances. He is an experienced caller of barn and bush dances. It is easy and fun for all ages. Bush Telegraph is a Kiwi Bush Band: Heather Mitchell, Claire Weyland, Sue Allen, John Allen and Geoff Anders.
Bring a plate for a shared supper.
Saturday night at LAF
6 - 7pm LAF Dance and drama student performances.
7 – 8.30pm Lyttelton Youth Group Dance Party
Sunday 30 June
4 – 7pm Ngāti Wheke - Matariki Celebration at LAF
Education, celebration, creativity, kai and visual performance.
Sunday 23 June – Sunday 30 June
Wunder Kammer. Ten local artists will be commandeering Lyttelton windows as Wunderkammer style curiosities. Keep an eye out for displays, performances and curious installations around town.
Check out the catalogue of installations HERE
Window Wanderland The whole community is invited to get involved. Register your window display online and get on the map or plan your wander HERE
Get in on the action by doing something with your own windows.
See Project Lyttelton's facebook page for updates