NO 19 All that glitters


ItŐs that time of our year when the sky has a sparkle and we look to the east for a twinkle in the heavens.  We are about to embark on Matariki 2013.  What a special place we live in we have our own New Year.  I think this must my very own celebration I love sparkle, a bit of bling and here we are during our darkest month of the year welcoming extra sparkle into our lives.  Matariki isnŐt new but over the last decade celebrating Matariki has shone brightly with a glow that is not dimming.


The best place to start on Matariki is at the Carter Observatory.  The more I discover about Matariki the more there is to learn.  If like me you want to discover more start at the Carter.  They have a Matariki evening June 19 and a family day 7 July.  The City Gallery spreading its wings for Matariki.  It presents True Stories Told Live at the Adam Gallery in English and te reo 3 July.


Not to be outdone the Museum of Wellington City and Sea asks Why do we Voyage?  Us Kiwis still do.  On 14 June (Wellington) or 21 June (Auckland) truly unwind as the NZSO and combine with local choirs to celebrate Matariki.  I have a date next Friday but as luck will have it I have a free evening in Auckland 21 June so will pick up the baton up north.


What I love about Matariki is each year it becomes more and more embedded in community.  New Zealanders everywhere are calling in a new year and celebrating our unique time.  There is a call for another public holiday in NZ chances are it might be to celebrate Matariki – Whoopee.  If you are living in Auckland Pt Chev is having A Matariki Feast 23 June with Peter Gordon


June is proving to chock full.  Next weekend one of my fav NZ designers Deryn Schmidt is having a sale, styling and try-on weekend.  Starting next Friday 14 with a night complete with stylist on tap.  Paremata Bowling Club.   DerynŐs work room sales are AMAZING.


Sort of subversively Matariki is KŐDd Strip – A place to stand a completely original  piece of dance.  Launching this week I am hoping its touring schedule stops by Welly.


While we are on the edgy launching at Downstage is Sydney Bridge Upside Down.   Adapted from the novel by David Ballantyne Taki Rua has worked theor magic on it.


While we need to lurk indoors galleries are obliging our need for shelter.  Page Blackie has a big lineup in its Line/Form/Colour/Intention exhibition.  Warhol Immortal is upstairs at Te Papa and way cool.


AndÉ.in a land for away the New Zealand pavilion if you are truly adventuresome Bill Culbert has just opened to wide wide aclaim in Venice .  I am getting xcited