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Te Whanganui-a-Tara | Wellington

Marina Wilmerstadt | July 2021

We at Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao replaced our all staff Christmas party with an all staff Matariki Celebration.

We at Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao replaced our all staff Christmas party with an all staff Matariki Celebration. We 90 employees in 21 locations across 16 countries. 73 of our staff are based in New Zealand and about 20 of them are from overseas. The first Matariki Celebration took place this year and we all gathered in the Space Place / Carter Observatory. Our very own Chief Advisor Māori gave an awesome kōrero about Matariki and each table had a name of one of the stars. After we learned about Matariki we all learned the kaikōhau and our international staff in New Zealand gave their kaikōhau speeches in their native tongue/language of their tīpuna. After that we all shared kai and after kai we had the Matariki dawn celebration in the Planetarium of the space place. Staff loved the celebration and we all learned so much about Matariki and we are honored to share this moment with Aotearoa and the world.

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