Following a launch event in January that exceeded capacity, and an online audience that grows exponentially each week, NUKU hosts its first women’s winter wananga reaching into the community with stories, culture, craft and indigenous knowledge to reset, reflect and reconnect during this transitional season (following Matariki).
Starting at 8.30am and running until 5pm, the programme is packed with speakers and a panel session, workshops around raranga, rongoa Māori, pareu and hula, and an introduction to the maramataka. PLUS goody bags and, of course, KAI!
NUKU Live is taking place at Makaurau Marae in the culturally and historically rich papakāinga of Ihumātao. Aligned to the maramataka, the date of Saturday 27 July (on this side of the harbour) is the day of Orongonui, a surging energy day, a good day to wananga and to plant things you want to come into fruition. It falls into a period of abundance, while also being a give back day – to ourselves, our communities, our taiao (environment).
Book your tickets today and come along to share, celebrate and bask in the collective wisdom of indigenous women.
NUKU Live is part of Elemental AKL, a new region-wide festival illuminating Tāmaki Makaurau through winter.
note, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included with your ticket. You will also receive a goody bag that, among other special things, contains a notebook and pen to write/draw/doodle inspiration from each part of your day.
At 8.30am, we open our day with a pōwhiri at Makaurau Marae. Pōwhiri here follow the kawa of Waikato-Tainui – Tu Mai, Tu Atu (tauutuutu). There will be one kaikōrero on our side, and we will arrange a kaikōrero for your side. If you have not experienced a pōwhiri before, do not stress, our team will help guide you through it on the day. We ask all attendees to arrive 30 minutes early to register at the gate and collect your goody bag before the pōwhiri process. The Pōwhiri will begin at 8.30am sharp.
NATASHA TE ARAHORI KEATING (Ngati Tuwahretoa, Ngai Tuhoe, Te Ati Hau Nui A Paparangi) has an interest in the misrepresentation of indigenous women through history. She creates contemporary Pou that reflect the lives, loves and heartache of Māori women, today. Representing our illustrious ancestors and atua, and the stories and lessons that surround them, her pou are emotional reminders of the very real struggles indigenous women face around the world, while proudly confronting audiences with the statement that not only have indigenous women survived, but we are thriving!
Natasha will open NUKU Live with a korero on the topic “The Future is wahine, or is it?”, exploring our role and ability as indigenous women to achieve, excel, and lead in a modern world.
Me aro ki te hā o Hine-ahu-one
Pay heed to the dignity of women
BENITA TAHURI (Sister B) is of Tamaterangi, Kahungunu
Tamakaimoana and Tūhoe whakapapa. She is a leader, healer, educator, gentle rebel, international speaker, personal development programme designer, survivor, grandmother, singer and kaiwhakawātea hinengaro who inspires motivates and activates!
Benita will facilitate a practical rapid fire clearing releasing session that will leave you light, feeling free with clarity and purpose ready to make the next Mana move in your life. Release reclaim, reshape and rock your world like you mean it each and every day!
You will choose one of the following workshops to participate in during the ‘make and take’ session of our day.
Join Tracey-Lee Walker as she takes you on a spiritual journey through the world of Rongoā, a traditional healing system from a Māori world view. You will get a glimpse into one of the more common plants used in Rongoā practice, the Kawakawa. A rākau rongoā that is highly valued and treasured with the utmost care. You will get the opportunity to learn about the customs and protocols that surround rongoā and make your own scrub.
Join Marcia Matata-Hohaia as she shares her passion for one of our oldest, and most celebrated art practices, weaving. For centuries raranga has been used for items of survival, like rope, fishing nets, and baskets. In modern times it’s art adaptions are endless. Here you will learn about the harakeke plant and the customs and protocols that surround its harvest and use. As we transition out of the Matariki season, a time for reflecting on our past, and looking towards our future, you will weave your own whetū.
Join the mamas of CIDANZ as they speak about these fabric creations most recognised in the Cook Islands and Tahiti. The Pareu/Pareo is a staple, versatile piece of clothing and Aunty Nana will talk you through its history. You will learn about the differing varieties, their use, and make your own to take home.
Our panel of #NUKU100 wahine discuss the theme: “Fortune favours the brave, but can we ‘have it all’?”. They share their own experiences of taking a leap of faith into the unknown, talk about aggressive ambition, and share their thoughts on balancing the many areas of our lives.
MELISSA ROBINSON-COLE (Ngāti Hine, Ngati Kahu) is a full-time artist and designer, and is also a staunch advocate for body positivity.
HANA TAPIATA (Tuhourangi, Ngāti Porou) is a lifestyle blogger living by indigenous philosophies and mātauranga Māori.
DR HUHANA HICKEY (Ngāti Tahinga, Tainui) is a Crown Director and a passionate advocate for our disabled community, our whanau hauā.
EMA TAVOLA (Fiji) is an independent artist-curator who is committed to curating as a mechanism for social inclusion, centralising Pacific ways of seeing, and exhibition making as a mode of decolonisation.
Charlene Tedrow is the creative director, movement facilitator and dance practitioner for the female collective Ura Tabu Pacific Dance. She and Lomina Araitia reignite the sacredness of our dances from the Pacific as a way of re-establishing interconnectedness, collective well-being and unity that ultimately cultivates empowerment, bold creativity and fine art. The pair will facilitate ‘Pasifika Mind & Body’ – a rhythmic Pasifika dance system anchored in Hā and powered by ancestral training techniques of warriors and voyagers. You will be empowered to move like you’ve never moved before!
Michelle Mihi Keita Tibble (Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa) and Geneva Harrison (Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahu) will guide you through an introduction to reclaiming the traditional knowledge of the maramataka (Māori Lunar Calendar). Their kōrero will give you practical ways to apply this knowledge in your everyday life.
Tickets are $65 (+ processing fee)
NUKU Live is a women’s event. It is restricted to 17 years and older.
Makaurau Marae is wheelchair accessible.
We are unable to refund tickets if you change your mind. We are however, able to transfer your ticket to another person of your choice. For any enquiries, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org