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TE PIKI O TĀWHAKI: THE ASCENT OF TĀWHAKI

Thursday, 26th August 8:00 pm

Using the spectacular central staircase as the stage, with audiences ranged around the balconies on all sides, this not-to-be-missed transformation of Tūranga celebrates the Ngāi Tahu stories woven into the building itself. Joseph Hullen, Ariana Tikao and Juanita Hepi fly you to the heavens in pursuit of matauraka, the knowledge of the gods.

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TE PIKI O TĀWHAKI: THE ASCENT OF TĀWHAKI

Thursday, 26th August 6:30 pm

Using the spectacular central staircase as the stage, with audiences ranged around the balconies on all sides, this not-to-be-missed transformation of Tūranga celebrates the Ngāi Tahu stories woven into the building itself. Joseph Hullen, Ariana Tikao and Juanita Hepi fly you to the heavens in pursuit of matauraka, the knowledge of the gods.

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KĀ WAI O TAHU: NGĀI TAHU’S LEGAL ACTION OVER WATER

Saturday, 28th August 5:30 pm

Why has Ngāi Tahu taken the Crown to court over freshwater? Join Lisa Tumahai, Dr Te Maire Tau and Dr Mike Joy for an in-depth discussion of Ngāi Tahu's legal action, and the history, tikanga and science of the Wai in Te Waipounamu. Journalist Mike McRoberts in the chair.

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MARGARET MAHY MEMORIAL LECTURE: BEN BROWN

Sunday, 29th August 1:30 pm

Ben Brown is the inaugural Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador, travelling the nation to nurture young readers. But how do you combine oral storytelling traditions and reading? Ben draws on kā awhi rito, the mature leaves which support the young shoot of a harakeke plant, and his life as a poet and educator, to talk about building children’s imagination and confidence through storytelling in all its forms.

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