Matariki: Resourceful skills workshops and tours

27 Pipiri - 7 Hōngongoi 2019 - Boys' High

Matariki is traditionally a time to celebrate the natural world, new beginnings and togetherness.

These workshops and tours – many of which are free – explore these elements through an introduction to resourcefulness, which is beneficial to the wellbeing of people and planet, and connects people to each other and place.

Rāpare 27 Pipiri/Thursday 27 June

10.00am to 3.00pm
Spoon carving for beginners: Come along and learn how to carve a spoon. Beginners are very welcome. Cost: Free, but bookings are required.

4.30pm to 6.00pm
Resourceful Ōtautahi walk for Matariki: Join us for a walk through ever-changing central Christchurch and discover Ōtautahi’s long history of resourcefulness – or making what we need from what we have around us – as we share stories and explore examples. The experience finishes with a hands-on craft activity in the Rekindle workshop. Cost: $10 per person, bookings required.

Rāhoroi 29 Pipiri/Saturday 29 June

10.00am to 11.30am
Doll making with tī kōuka leaves for youngsters: This workshop will teach you how to make a simple doll with cabbage tree leaves, similar to a corn dolly. For 8-year-olds and older. Cost: Free, but bookings are required.

10.00am to 11.30am
Peg making for Matariki: This workshop will give you the technique for making your own clothes pegs from locally harvested hazel rods, so you will go home with new skills and a few pegs to cherish and use. Please note it is suitable only for adults. Cost: Free, but bookings are required.

1.00pm to 2.00pm
Raranga harakeke for tamariki: An introduction to the art of flax weaving. You will learn how to make flowers from flax or a headband – a project to suit beginners. Cost: Free, but bookings are required.

2.30pm to 3.30pm
Raranga harakeke for tamariki: An introduction to the art of flax weaving. You will learn how to make flowers from flax or a headband – a project to suit beginners. Cost: Free, but bookings are required.

Rātapu 30 Pipiri/Sunday 30 June

10.00am to 11.30am
Peg making for Matariki: This workshop will give you the technique for making your own clothes pegs from locally harvested hazel rods, so you will go home with new skills and a few pegs to cherish and use. Please note it is suitable only for adults. Cost: Free, but bookings are required.

1.00pm to 5.00pm
Raranga harakeke for adults: This workshop will introduce you to this beautiful resourceful craft and teach you how to make a four-cornered kono or basket from flax. Cost: Free, but bookings are required.

Rāpare 4 Hōngongoi/Thursday 4 July

12.30pm to 2.30pm
Making beeswax wraps: Make your own set of food wraps and a cheese bag for plastic-free food wrapping and carrying. Cost: $30 per person, bookings required.

5.30pm to 7.30pm
Making beeswax wraps: Make your own set of food wraps and a cheese bag for plastic-free food wrapping and carrying. Cost: $30 per person, bookings required.

Rāhoroi 6 Hōngongoi/Saturday 6 July

10.00am to 11.30am
Doll making with tī kōuka leaves for youngsters: This workshop will teach you how to make a simple doll with cabbage tree leaves, similar to a corn dolly. For 8-year-olds and older. Cost: Free, but bookings are required.

10.00am to 3.00pm
Spoon carving for beginners: Come along and learn how to carve a spoon. Beginners are very welcome. Cost: Free, but bookings are required.

Rātapu 7 Hōngongoi/Sunday 7 July

10.00am to 12.00pm
Chopstick making: Learn to carve your own chopsticks! Using some local wood and a knife you’ll make some beautiful chopsticks you can treasure and use. Cost: Free, but bookings are required.

1.30pm to 5.30pm
Basket weaving with tī kōuka leaves: This course will give you a skill you’ll be able to use in so many ways for the rest of your life. This technique for basket-weaving with tī kōuka/cabbage tree leaves can be used with many different materials. Cost: Free, but bookings are required.

2.00pm to 3.30pm
Resourceful Ōtautahi walk for Matariki: Join us for a walk through ever-changing central Christchurch and discover Ōtautahi’s long history of resourcefulness – or making what we need from what we have around us – as we share stories and explore examples. The experience finishes with a hands-on craft activity in the Rekindle workshop. Cost: $10 per person, bookings required.

These workshops are wheelchair accessible.

Dates: Rāpare 27 Pipiri/Thursday 27 June to Rātapu 7 Hōngongoi/Sunday 7 July 2019

Times: Various

Venues: Rekindle, level one, Boys’ High building, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch; and Maker Workshop, School of Art building, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 1 Hereford Street, Christchurch

Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 30 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.