Matariki is the time when the stars of the constellation Pleiades come together in the southern hemisphere sky, signalling the new year and a time of new beginnings. In celebration of this, Natalia Mann and Horomona Horo bring together their atmospheric instruments with inspired improvisations. They will be performing at Square Edge Creative Arts Centre in Palmerston North. They will be offering workshops on improvisation and Taonga puoro during the day. Taonga puoro, literally translated as "treasure song" or "Singing Treasures" is the collective term given to the wide array of wind, percussive and string families of instruments. A tohunga, or master of the instruments, Horomona performs and handles the full spectrum of the taonga puoro with a measured skill, historical and cultural understanding as passed down to him by his mentors, first the late Dr Hirini Melbourne and since 2006, Dr Richard Nunns - two of the men credited with the revival of the art-form.