Traditional Maori kites part of cultural workshop

George (9, left) and Meisha Romeril (8) try out their kites at a Manu Tukutuku workshop, held as...
George (9, left) and Meisha Romeril (8) try out their kites at a Manu Tukutuku workshop, held as part of the Puaka Matariki Festival, at Orokonui Ecosanctuary on Saturday. Photo: Gregor Richardson
Children building kites also got a chance to learn about Maori culture over the weekend.

A workshop held at Orokonui Ecosanctuary drew dozens of children and their families to learn about manu tukutuku — the art of building traditional Maori kites — on Saturday.

The kites, built from natural materials including those gathered from around the ecosanctuary, were a "fun, crafty activity" that also celebrated Maori culture, ecosanctuary general manager Amanda Symon said.

The kites had long been associated with the rise of Puaka and the Matariki cluster, heralding the Maori New Year, and the workshop formed part of the Puaka Matariki Festival being held in Dunedin until July 22.

The workshop was among a range of festival events held over the weekend in Dunedin, which also included everything from short film screenings, Puaka Matariki portrait photography, a contemporary Maori dance workshop and a "mend and make awesome" workshop teaching upcycling.

chris.morris@odt.co.nz

Add a Comment

 

drivesouth-pow-generic-1.png

 

Advertisement

postanote_header_620_x_80.png

postanote_620_x_25.jpg

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter