Matariki, Māori New Year takes place 25 – 29 June. It is a time to celebrate new life and new beginnings, remember those who’ve passed and to plan for the future. It is a time to spend with whānau and friends, and enjoy kai (food), waiata (song), tākaro (games) and haka.
Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars that rises around mid-winter. It is when crops were harvested and seafood, birds and crops were preserved for winter.
There are a number of community events taking place during Matariki, see what’s on in Christchurch here>
Don’t miss some of the great local events being held for Matariki over late June – July 2018.
Te Whare Roimata and Linwood Community Arts Centre present: Te Whare Maire O Nga Punawerewere: Festival of Māori Art & Culture
18 June – 6 July 2018
Rehua Marae Matariki Whānau Day
Saturday 30 June, 11.00am-3.00 pm
Matariki market day: Haeata Community Campus
240 Breezes Road, Thursday 5 July.
Matariki night makete: Christchurch Arts Centre
6-7 July, 4.00-10.00 pm
Matariki Night Walk: Styx River
Saturday 14 July 2018, 6.30-8.00 pm
Matariki Dawn Planting: Rongōa Garden
Styx, 15 July 2018
And for lots of other great whānau events, see the Christchurch City Libraries site here>
Ka tatū mai a Tākuta Rangi Mātāmua ki Ōtautahi i tēnei wīkene kia whakatairaka ai i tāna pukapuka hou, arā ko Matariki, Te Whetū o te Tau.
We are very fortunate to host Dr Rangi Mātāmua in Christchurch this year to discuss his new book, Matariki, The Star of the Year.
He hui ā-hāpori tēnei, nō reira – nau mai, tauti mai!
This hui is open to the community and is a great way to broaden your knowledge and understanding about the significance of Matariki and its’ constellation of nine stars – please feel free to come along. Details are below:
ĀHEA (when): Sunday 2 July, 4-6pm
KAI HEA (where):
Te Whare o Te Waipounamu
(Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu), Wharekai – Level 3, 15 Show Place, Addington, Christchurch.
Unfortunately all of Dr Mātāmua’s books are sold out online and in all shops however there will be book sales available at this event. The cost will be $35 dollars each however they will sell quick so to register your interest in buying a book, please contact email@example.com.
Kāi Tahu, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Maru
Kia ora koutou,
Some of you may be interested in a public lecture by Māori astronomer Dr Rangi Matamua available on YouTube.
In this lecture he tells us about astronomical and cosmological links relevant to Matariki, and at the end gives his view of the ‘actual dates’ for Matariki for the next couple of years. He is clear that his view is one view; that honesty appeals to me.