It’s cooling down in Auckland, but winter doesn’t mean you have to hide away inside. On the contrary, there’s plenty happening in town over the next few months. Here are a few of the highlights.
From June 22, Auckland Council presents a month-long programme of events to celebrate Matariki, the Māori new year. From kite flying to art exhibitions, contemporary dance to stimulating public lectures, the series spans all interests, whether you’re a young single or a family. You won’t want to miss the fine food demonstrations by Anne Thorp, Māori Queen of Cuisine – it’s your chance to learn the secrets to cooking up traditional Māori kai. Renowned Kiwi musicians including Che Fu also hit the Auckland Town Hall as part of the festival to mark the occasion.
Some events are free – see www.matarikifestival.org.nz – and take place all over the city; Hertz Auckland car hire options are a great way to get around and fit them all in.
Whether you have a strong interest in photography or not, the World Press Photo Exhibition 2013 should not be missed. It’s a striking collection of some of the most compelling press images snapped in 2012. All up, about 160 photographs are on display, whittled down from the more than 100,000 submitted by photojournalists and publications internationally. This year’s winning photo by Paul Hansen, of the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, depicts a group of men carrying the bodies of two dead children through a street in Gaza City. The exhibition tours the world, and is in Auckland from July 6 to 28. Adults $10, students $5 – see www.worldpressphoto.co.nz
New Zealand boasts many top-notch make-up artists, and the Body Art Show is their chance ot shine. This extreme make-up extravaganza celebrates both contemporary and indigenous styles of body painting and special effects make-up for film and TV. More than 100 performers will take to the catwalk – expect to see a wide variety of artists and models, young to old, male and female, and from all cultural backgrounds. Head along and be wowed by the creative visual talent on display on September 21.