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10AM-5PM UNTIL SUN 8 AUG
COMMUNITY-LED ACTIVATION: SAT 7 AUG 10.30AM-2.15PM
TE AO MĀRAMA SOUTH ATRIUM
Kia orana! Turou oro mai! Join us in celebrating Cook Islands Language Week with the Akatokamanava Mauke Enua Community of Tāmaki Makaurau.
The community will be performing and hosting free activities Under the Tanoa in Te Ao Mārama South Atrium on Saturday 7th August from 10:30am-2.15pm.
Tivaivai made by Rai Oti Brothers
10:30am-11:15am: Peu Akatutu (Performing Arts): Hop into a dance and music workshop (no prior experience required!) with a live performance from the community to follow.
11:15am-12:00pm: Vivo Ko’e (Bamboo Nose Flute): Learn the art of bamboo flute construction. Enjoy a live musical performance to follow.
12:00pm-12:45pm: To’i Rakau (Wood Carving): Take part in a workshop focusing on carved percussion instruments. Enjoy an interactive drumming performance to follow.
1:30pm-2:15pm: Peu Akatutu (Performing Arts): Hop into a dance and music workshop (no prior experience required!) with a live performance from the community to follow.
After interacting with the community, head over to Te Taunga Community Hub just off the Grand Foyer to explore Te Mekameka o toku Ipukarea (The Treasures of My Homeland), Akatokamanava Mauke Enua’s community-curated exhibit. The exhibit, which closes on 8th August, features a free booklet filled with the community’s stories of their taonga, all written in Mauke dialect as well as English.
Like Tāmaki Makaurau itself, the Te Taunga Community Hub is a place of arrival and a coming together of people.
In the Te Taunga Community Hub, Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum celebrates the diverse communties of Tāmaki Makaurau by inviting them into the space to create their own exhibit. Our visitors will experience a community's story not through the Museum’s interpretation, but through the eyes of the community itself. The Cook Islands Mauke community is the first to be hosted in the gallery with their exhibition Te Mekameka o toku Ipukarea: The Treasures of my Homeland.
Through their personal stories, members of the Mauke community share how their taonga reflect their rich heritage and culture, and how they have made a home in Tamaki Mākaurau.
Everything you find in the gallery has been chosen by the community to tell their story, from the treasures themselves, to the labels, the signage, and the lighting.
On Saturday 7 August, the community will be leading their own activations in the gallery for the public.