NUKU is a movement made by and for Indigenous women - ma hine, mo hine, kia hine!
Following sold out events in 2019 and 2020, NUKU Live is back for Elemental AKL 2021 with a brand-new format - the 'Atua Series'.
Celebrating Atua Wāhine (female Māori gods), there are three events over three days where Indigenous knowledge and practices, specifically for wāhine, will be shared. The events are inspired by Papatuanuku, Hine-Te-Iwaiwa and Hinemoana.
Hine-Te-Iwaiwa is the atua of childbirth, weaving and creativity, and the cycles of the moon, and is the inspiration behind this event.
The ticketed part of this exciting day sees wāhine gather at Māngere Arts Centre theatre, Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, where veteran broadcaster, television host and reo Māori champion Stacey Morrison will kōrero about language reclamation and planning to help bring our Indigenous languages back into our homes, workplaces and communities.
Founders of Tuhi Stationary Geneva Harrison and Mihi Tibble will also share their stories of Hina (personification of the moon) and their knowledge of Maramataka, and how to use the Māori lunar calendar system in our everyday lives.
This Hine-Te-Iwaiwa event is also proud to include an appearance by Jordyn with a Why who will perform her single, Te Ao Marama.
All the while, the foyer will come alive with a free NUKU Mākete - a market celebrating small businesses owned by Indigenous women. Makers and creators of clothing, crafts, art, jewellery, stationary and more will be selling and displaying their wares, with the Mākete free and open to the public throughout the day.
NUKU events are open to all women, including those who identify as wāhine, trans or non-binary.