Matariki workshops: Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi

2-4 Hōngongoi 2019 - Maker Workshop

Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi Trust is a kaupapa Māori organisation supporting and preparing new and expectant parents and whānau for the arrival of a baby through conversation, demonstrations and workshops.

Trust representatives will be on hand in the Maker Workshop for conversation, demonstrations and information anytime between 9.00am to 12.00pm. All you need to do is drop in.

Dates: Rātū 2 to Rāpare 4 Hōngongoi/Tuesday 2 to Thursday 4 July 2019

Times: 9.00am to 12.00pm

Venue: Maker Workshop, School of Art building, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 1 Hereford Street, Christchurch

They are also running the following workshops in the same location:

Kawakawa and calendula body balm workshops

This workshop will teach you how to make a kawakawa and calendula body balm.

Kawakawa is a native plant of Aotearoa that is traditionally used for rongoā (healing) and balm made from it can be used for a variety of ailments, including on babies.

You will also learn about the appropriate tikanga (customs) that are observed during the collection, preparation and storage of rongoā (remedies).

Bookings are not required for this workshop.

Dates: Rātū 2 and Rāpare 4 Hōngongoi/Tuesday 2 and Thursday 4 July 2019

Time: 10.00am to 11.00am

Cost: Up to $10 (dependent on how much balm you make), cash on the day.

Muka workshop

Learn how to extract muka (strong white fibre) from harakeke (flax) and transform it into string.

Muka string has many uses, including umbilical cord ties that can be used at birth instead of plastic clamps.

You will also learn how to ensure tikanga (customs) are observed when harvesting harakeke, as well as knowledge of muka extraction.

Date: Rāapa 3 Hōngongoi/Wednesday 3 July 2019

Time: 10.00am to 11.00am

Cost: Free, no bookings required.

These workshops and drop-in are wheelchair accessible.

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.