Every year, the rising of the Matariki Constellation announces the beginning of Te tau hou, the Māori New Year. Which is usually celebrated with 31 days of culinary events, performances and concerts. Te tau hou historically occurred at the end of harvest season, where most could fill the storage houses with food and come together to celebrate the end of a year and the beginning of the one to come.
Auckland was filled with Matariki Events during the months of June and July, including a Matariki festival weekend at the Silo Park to celebrate the end of the festivities.
A while back I wrote a little guide for a day out in the city (you can re read it here … or not…I’m not your mom) so today I though I would create another mini guide for this weekend which is the end of the Matariki Festival Month. Hope you enjoy it.
Auckland is mostly know for its cafes and coffee culture, everywhere you turn, you’ll see someone drinking a cup of coffee or a coffee shop, so what best way to start off the day than with some breakfast/brunch. One of the places I love in the city is Shaky Isles (customs street) I’m pretty sure its because of the funny “to-go” cups but mostly its because of how the whole place is decorated. If you want to try something else instead of a classic espresso coffee, right know they are offering syphon, cold drip and filter coffee options, and if you are not a coffee person, that also have teas, smoothies and fruit juices. Top it with something to eat and you are ready to go.
Last weekend a friend of ours (our very own kiwi born) invited us to spend the weekend in Coromandel. He had booked a “holiday house” better know as a batch in Ferry Landing for a few days, so we went there with a few of our friends.
One thing I love about New Zealand, is that no matter where you are going within the country, there is no way you can be bored,there are always mountains, cliffs, lakes, every time you turn your head there is something to see. Back in Argentina, most routes (specially the one heading south of the country) are mostly plain, there is nothing but kilometres and kilometres of plain grass.
On Friday, by 3.30pm we where already on the road, given that winter has come by the time we got to the house is was super dark, we could hear the sea close to the house but we were not able to see anything, I was not sure what to expect but next day I woke up early in the morning to this view.
During all the month of May until the 20th of June most Auckland galleries featured exhibitions from the Auckland Festival of photography. To my understanding the festival aims to encourage emerging photographers to exhibit their work in public, so pretty much everyone can expose as long as you sign up for it (please make sure you read conditions in their website if you want to participate next year…just in case)
With over 30 different proposals and talks this is a great choice for a day out in the city (for those who enjoy photography…or not..who knows?) as well as a great day to see most art galleries in the city. I haven’t had the chance to see all of them (specially since most open this week) but I plan to tick off as much as I can.
If you have the chance i have a few recommendations based on the exhibits I’ve been to.
Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013 Winner
The Aotea Centre is showcasing a selection of photographs from the winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013 until the 20th June. There were almost 22.000 images submitted last year and the final exhibition features artist from 153 countries.
Since the moment I was born until I came to New Zealand, I’ve always lived in the same house, same neighbourhood, same room. I’ve never needed or wanted to move. This is why it’s still weird to think how in the last year I moved house three times already. To my grief I’ve also realised how much Sh#t (Pardon Le french) I’ve gathered in so little time, we moved almost every 6 months since I’ve arrived, the first time we just called a taxi to help us with our luggage, but now I feel we need to call a moving truck to help us out.
It’s time for another Challenge Charlie!! (Sorry wrong blog..) For realz now, it’s time for another Market Diaries, where I go around Auckland finding new Markets to visit.This one, unfortunately its going to be quite short since I think this was a fail of a market.
It’s 6.30 am, Im crawling out of bed, I brush my teeth, put my hair up in a ponytail and wash my face. I wake up le boyfriend for him to do the same, trying not to jump to the bed containing my excitement. We are going on an adventure!
Let’s say Le boyfriend is a bit obsessed with Tolkien, he read the whole lord of the rings trilogy, the hobbit, we have the three “extended versions” of the film, and went to see The Hobbit (an unexpected journey) twice, I don’t feel so fondly of all the saga as him, but I get excited nonetheless. So naturally have been living in New Zealand for over a year, we had to go to Hobbiton.
Last weekend Auckland welcomed Designers, Architects, Film makers and artist from around the world for it’s 10th edition of Semi-Permanent. Lucky for me a friend of mine and fellow graphic designer had a spare ticket for Saturday an was kind enough to give to me.
Here it is, the third and final part of my little trip to the golden coast, and what better way to honor it that by making a specific post on Sydney’s beaches.
They say April showers bring May Flowers, in my case April was a tornado that shook everything, cleared it up and gave me a clean slate to star over. New job, new projects, new places and new friends. So I guess this time, the whole month was a favourite, but I choose a few things to share with you.
– The north remembers:
Finally! After waiting a whole year Game of thrones started again, with a whole lot of expectation, new characters, dreaded old ones, unexpected turns of events, surprises and we haven’t even reached reached half of the season yet.