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Matariki Festivities Light Up The West

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Matariki Festivities Light Up The West

Art, music, film and thought-provoking insights on cultural and economic sustainability make up an impressive line up for Matariki celebrations in Waitakere this year.

These events are part of Auckland's regional Matariki Festival 2010, celebrating Maori New Year with a range of events and activities across Tamaki Makaurau.

"Matariki is without a doubt one of the highlights of the region's cultural calendar," says chair of Waitakere City Council's Culture and Community Committee, Judy Lawley. "As well as exposing the people of Auckland to a rich and diverse range of traditional, arts, crafts and entertainment the festival is a chance to learn more about the cultural significance of Matariki."

Matariki is the Maori name for the star cluster commonly known as Pleiades or The Seven Sisters. When translated Matariki it means tiny eyes or eyes of god. It is often referred to as Maori New Year.

In the west one of the key events is Nga Korero Tataki, a three night symposium on economic sustainability being held in the council chambers July 12-14.

It will feature presentations by some of Maoridom's leading entrepreneurs who will explore entrepreneurship from traditional and contemporary Maori perspectives.

The symposium also looks at treaty settlement as the start of a new economy. All sessions start at 7pm with entry by koha.

12 July: Nga Tangata Whairawa - Entrepreneurship. 13 July: Nga Mana Pakihi Maori - Successful Maori Businesses. 14 July: Ki tua o te Karauna - Moving beyond The Crown.

Other events throughout the month include art exhibitions, workshops and events celebrating Maori music and film.

Matariki - he pō whakanui, Matariki Music Night 2010 at Corban Estate Art Centre at 8pm on June 18 is an event not to be missed.

This evening honours the past and looks to the future through the musical talents of Tama Waipara, Teremoana Rapley, Horomona Horo, Majic Ropata, Katera Maihi, Ria Hall, Mel Davis and Matreya aka Jamie Greenslade. Tickets $20. Bookings via email on or 838 4455.

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