by Tania Turei
This year the Orokonui Ecosanctuary has some diverse events for Matariki that we hope you'll enjoy.
Richard Nunns and Paddy Free of electronic duo Pitch Black perform their album Karekare which demonstrates a subtle collaboration of taonga puoro with the genius of Paddy Free's electronic manipulations. Richard and Paddy have kindly donated their time and talent to Orokonui which is an amazing gift. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear two of New Zealand's best performers in intimate surroundings. We will ensure a great quality of sound this year.
Due to the popularity of last year's Star Tour with Kane Holmes (Waitaha) we will be running two of these evening tours again. This is a wonderful event at a great price.
This year's children's Plant a Star workshop run by Tahu McKenzie will focus on collecting and planting native seeds. We will look after the little seedlings and in a year's time the children will be able to plant them in a special spot in our sanctuary. This will be followed by Matariki.
Fleur Sullivan has kindly agreed to come back for another wild foods cooking demonstration. This one will take place in the evening and includes a glass of wine and food tasting. Be quick -- there are only 30 spots.
We also have The Explorers Club Antarctica with a talk on Shackleton by renowned author Neville Peat. Inspired by the incredible stories of Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, songwriter Sam Prebble has recruited a band of seasoned folk musicians from the Auckland underground and produced a series of stirring vignettes drawn from the diaries and letters of these stalwart adventurers. Tales of shipwreck, frostbite, and stiff-upper-lip survival in the snow are presented in a combination of spoken-word storytelling and original folk songs. Performances range from ethereal to foot-stomping; arrangements run the gamut from delicate vocal harmonies to dramatic percussive explosions.