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Matariki Whanau Festival 2017

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Matariki Whanau Festival 2017

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Matariki is a season rich in tradition and is known as the Maori New Year. It is a time when a group of seven stars known as the Pleiades star cluster appears in the eastern sky sometime around the shortest day of the year.

Some iwi, or tribes, start celebrations when Matariki is first seen, however it is the first new moon after Matariki that officially signals the Maori New Year. Some people celebrate the New Year on the day the new moon rises, and others celebrate on the day after the new moon. Matariki is an important time in the harvest calendar as communities determine new crops for the next season, and celebrate the land on which we live.

Today, Matariki has a strong kaupapa that presents a platform for both traditional and contemporary events that engage communities and promote and preserve not only our culture and heritage, but also our creative arts across all disciplines.

Whangarei District Council in partnership with the host hapu Ngati Hau and supported by Creative Northland will bring you the Matariki Whanau Festival on Saturday the of 17th June at the Canopy Bridge in the Town Basin, Whangarei.

It’s a day you can celebrate with your family. starting with a powhiri at 10am and goes through until 3pm. There will be lots of activities for the whole whanau, delicious kai, cultural performances, storytelling and a place for our kuia and kaumatua to relax. There is a great line up of entertainment with local kapa haka groups, local bands including Otium and special guest appearances from JGeeks and Troy Kingi.

As we head into Matariki it’s not just a day event but a month long traditional and contemporary celebration that is celebrated by all Polynesian cultures in a global and all encompassing way. It is a time of manaakitanga (nurturing), whakawhanauatanga (inclusiveness) and whare wananga (learning), key principles that build a strong foundation for the communities we live in. Enjoy!

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