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Puanga Celebrations at UCOL Whanganui

UCOL Whanganui  Atrium . 3 events.

Celebrate Puanga, the Māori New Year, with us.

What is Puanga? Celebrating the Māori New Year  Wednesday 12th June, 12pm

Presented by Āwhina Twomey Kaiwhakaako Māori and Kaitiaki Taonga Māori – Whanganui Regional Museum

In her dual roles at the Museum, Awhina is responsible for tangible and intangible taonga Māori, as well as supporting the Museum's bicultural structure and maintaining iwi, hapū, hāpori, whānau and Māori relationships. As an educator she regularly develops and delivers inspiring, enjoyable and memorable Māori content services in Māori and/or English for students of all ages.

Come along to this illustrated talk and learn about the significant indicators and celebrations that traditionally marked the beginning of a new year in Aotearoa. Soup and fry bread will be provided.

Puanga Festival - Wednesday 19 June, 11am-2pm 

Puanga is a time to remember those who have passed on but it is also a happy time to feast, be together and celebrate. Puanga celebrations were popular in New Zealand up until the 1940s and then stopped. In the year 2000 they were revived by small groups and quickly caught on. Join in with community groups, local Māori artists, Kaumatua Kapa Haka and support organisations as we come together for this uniquely New Zealand celebration.

Connect! – Student Pantry Opening and Stone Soup - Wednesday 26 June, 12pm

Puanga is a time of togetherness and sharing. In the spirit of this we are holding our first monthly 'Connect!' event by opening a brand new student pantry and celebrating with a shared stone soup lunch. The student pantry will be a place to deposit excess food and take food when the cupboards are running dry. The kaupapa (purpose) is to leave what you can and take what you need. From the 24th of June there will be a box in the Atrium where students can deposit a food item for stone soup. It could be a garnish, a spice, an onion, a potato or any other vegetable you can spare. All these ingredients will be cooked together for a shared lunch at Connect!

12 - 26 Jun

UCOL Whanganui  Atrium

Wedensday 12th June, 12pm
Wednesday 19 June, 11am-2pm
Wednesday 26 June, 12pm

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