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Nineteen-year-old Te Ririu Williams has used her love of weaving muka to help capture the stunning official imagery of the Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival.

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Kapa haka enthusiasts have until midday Friday [30 August] to register for the Jojo Super 9s – created in memory of popular Te Arawa performer, the late Jojo Waaka.

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A trio of Rotorua's world-class artists will herald the start of the city's Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival with a performance about the beginning of creation. The whakatau (welcoming ceremony for the inaugural month-long festival will be held at Te Papaīōuru Marae, Ōhinemutu, at 1pm on Sunday. [1 September 2019]

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A wall located on the side of Ajays Emporium on Hinemoa Street in Rotorua has been announced as the spot for a large mural of a Te Arawa hero who has contributed to the arts.

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Five hundred native plants will be planted along the Ruapeka before artists take the stage at this month’s Aronui Māori Market at Ōhinemutu in Rotorua. [15 September 2019]

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A kaitiaki of te reo Māori is encouraging rangatahi to read the diary of Anne Frank, saying it provides a lesson for people to address racial discrimination. Te Haumihiata Mason translated The Diary of a Young Girl into Māori, and will be at McLeods Booksellers from 5.30pm on 12 September, to talk about Te Rātaka a Tētahi Kōhine.

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Local entertainer, Bobby Howard, is feeling a mixture of emotion in the lead-up to her bilingual musical being showcased to the community, as part of the Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival.

Ms Howard’s original composition entitled Aroha (Love), will feature in ‘Ngā Kākano o Aronui’ at Prince’s Gate on Friday 13 September from 7pm. She will perform alongside Rotorua artists, Jack Grace and Matiu Hamuera, who will also be premiering original work.

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Te Arawa artists will share Māori knowledge with the community at a Māori arts symposium beginning next week. New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute is hosting the NZMACI Traditional Arts Symposium from 16 – 19 September at Te Puia in Rotorua, as part of the Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival.

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Whakapapa and identity are the inspiration behind the Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival’s latest offering, Whanonga Pono – a vibrant, colourful and bold contemporary art exhibition showing at Rotorua Arts Village from 18 September. Artist, Zena Elliott, has created a series of paintings bearing vibrant markings, drawn from geometric and curvilinear visual language.

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From critically acclaimed and innovative theatre practitioners, Juanita Hepi, Scotty Cotter, Erina Daniels and Tola Newbery comes a surrealist performing arts medium; It is social narrative with a twist.

Told through movement, song, sound and theatrical lyricism, the production 'Papa' embraces the unique and explores social struggles, struggles for women and of Māori. The Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival event, Toi Āmai, will be showing at a pop-up gallery at 1201 Eruera Street, Rotorua from 18 - 20 September, starting at 8pm. Entry is by koha (donation) at the door.

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Fresh from top reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Rutene Spooner is back in New Zealand and bringing his heroic show, Super HUGH-Man to town. Super HUGH-Man is showing at the Blue Baths from 19 to 21 September, as part of the Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival.

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Local jokesters, artists and Māori theatre enthusiasts are encouraged to get along to the Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival’s latest offering.

The Māori Theatre Wānanga will be held tomorrow [19 September] from 10am to 2pm at a pop-up gallery on 1201 Eruera Street. The event is being hosted by innovative theatre practitioners, Juanita Hepi, Scotty Cotter, Erina Daniels and Tola Newbery.

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The Jojo Super 9s kapa haka competition scheduled for Saturday [21 September] has been cancelled.

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An intimate ceremony to unveil a large wall mural of the late Aunty Bea will be held this Sunday with her whānau.  Beatrice Yates (nee Grant) passed away last year and a mural created in her honour by Ngāi Tūhoe artist, Taumata Soloman, will be officially unveiled on Hinemoa Street, next to Ajays Emporium, on Sunday [22 September] at 4pm.

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