We had our first Matariki Parakuihi at our school this morning, such a cool way to bring our community together definitely something to work on.

This year was our first whanau gathering for Matariki. We live in Melbourne so it’s been hard getting together with all the lockdowns over the last year. Matariki reminded us of the importance of spending time together, remembering our loved ones and celebrating our achievements. Next Matariki we want to do a Hautapu, spend time star gazing with our tamariki, learn the karakia that Dr Rangi mentions in his lives and hopefully celebrate with more of our whanau and friends.

I tenei wiki ka noho tahi matau ko aku tamariki ki the kai tahi he kai Maori mo tenei wa o Matarki. He momo kai Maori mo te hakari wenei: He miti, kumara, puha, parareka, paraoa rewena, he kuku. Ka korero matau ki a matau he aha nga kaikohau mo tenei tau hou?? Mauri ora kuactau ki a tatau katoa

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This is a kai tahi celebration we had amongst our group of friends organised by our beautiful Niha whānau in honour of Matariki. Celebrating with our tamariki & making it normal for them. ✨ Mānawatia a Matariki

Tēnā tatau katoa, for Matariki I am learning a kaikōhau (and expression of hope and an invitation to all good things). I have recorded it onto my phone so I have it with me to say and practice. I find it especially difficult to say the ngā sound.

I haere mātou ki te kainga o mātou hoa i tērā wiki mō te kaupapa o te kaitahi mō Matariki. This included all of our classmates and our kaiako from our immersion reo Māori course. It was so very special because it was the first time any of us had celebrated Matariki properly, even though most of us identify as Māori. I katakata mātou, i menemene mātou, i kōrero mātou, i kai mātou. Joining together with like-minded people with only positivity and good vibes was next level. Mānawatia a Matariki!

Mānawatia a matariki! This year as a whānau along with some friends we had a small, humble hautapu on the beach in Ōtautahi to greet and acknowledge the māori new year! We shared parakuihi afterwards right there on the beach , the little ones were very excited to watch the sun rise and look for matariki and Te waka o rangi in the predawn sky . Ngā mihi o Te tau hau.

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We do a Matariki Breakfast every year by coming into the office at 7am and cooking together a hot breakfast

Dawn service for Matariki at Okahu Bay. Ngati Whatua put on a celebration to bring on Matariki. Standing in the freezing cold with my friend and my cousin that I dragged out of bed at 5am. Feeling the wairua was a beautiful experience. An incredible Kai put on for everyone and anyone in attendance. Hari Matariki 💫

🎉Matariki Celebrations 🎉 have started at Kura Papakohatu 🏫 with fun class activities; here’s Pohutukawa creating star ⭐️ constellations 🌌‼️

With the rising of Matariki during the Tangaroa lunar phases, I headed down to my local beach to observe the star cluster alongside pou Tangaroa. This was a great moment to reflect on the year.


Tēnā koe e hoa ma. Ko Richard toku ingoa, ko Kupenga toku whanau ingoa. I was fortunate enough to be an MC recently at my whare karakia in Ōtepoti for our new event called “Matariki whanau hui”. In this photo I’m with my cohost Jay and had just finished delivering a mihi whakatau. The event was about injecting Te Ao Maori into te hāpori and teaching a wider audience about Matariki and why we celebrate it. Our attractions included Kapa Haka groups both professional and at school level, kōrero with te Kuia and what Matariki meant to her, waiata from local Maori and Samoan groups, taonga pūtētere with a good friend of mine, fire poi artist and a free kai to solidify unity amongst te hāpori. We even had a crafts station using flax to create Kete and stars, face paint and colouring for ngā tamariki and Otago Museum brought their inflatable star lab to demonstrate how to find Matariki. I loved seeing the many diverse ethnicities enter the building, I was proud to be part of this event and can’t wait to do it all over again next year! Mānawatia a Matariki!

I shared kai with my colleagues to celebrate and we heard Kōrero about the nine stars of Matariki!

We celebrated puanga as a community, with our kindy and kura. Kai tahi around the Rua ahi, karakia and waiata to celebrate the new year and the year that was.

I invited some friends over to recite this Karakia, share some kai and to reflect on what we qnatwd to let go from the last year and what our hopes are for the coming yearm

This year I wrote a reflection on Matariki for our work newsletter, and included the kaikōhau I learned, and we had a shared lunch with the team at work to celebrate Matariki. ✨

Te kai o te rangatira he kōrero

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This is the kai that I and my students who are part of the Māori & Pasifika council, as well as my Māori class, made to share with the rest of our kura! We had hinu bread, chowder and spent time together to korero, to set intentions for the new year with kaikōhau and to share our knowledge and love for te ao Māori with everyone else in our school. Ngā mihi!

I shared a Kai with my whanau for matariki and we are all just learning to korero in te reo

Young and old braved the cold tonight to celebrate our Matariki Kaitahi. To conclude our 12 week basic Te Reo class here in Rotorua they played traditional Māori games and learnt about the hautapu and maramataka. The free course was started to support church members, our local SDA School and our wider community. This photo is of one our facilitators Sasha Nahu during our Matariki Kaitahi.

No table? No problem. Songs sang by my niece Emelia, sharing stories of what it was like in primary school, dance battles and finally a shared kai. . the first of many Matariki celebrations to come. The kumara was a little "caramelised".

Preschool kaiako took time to share Kai and stories after the weekly planning hui.

My cutie Nephew Ezra saying hello to his Uncle Nathaniel when we crossed paths at Ahi Kā on Wellington waterfront, learning about Matariki and spending time with whānau.

My partner and I went with my daughter and two granddaughters to a special Matariki celebration at Sunbeams Kindergarten in Western Springs. All the families brought food to share, but first we listened to the owner / head teacher's Matariki greetings, then the children sang a special Matariki song and then a waiata to bless the food. After sharing food (everyone was so generous! ), the children enjoyed a little disco in the corner of the kindergarten, where a special garland had been hung in honour of Papatuanuku and Matariki, with a disco ball and Spotify streaming a playlist of popular songs. We had such a great sense of community and shared culture, and I love it that the children are being taught Te Reo Maori and Tikanga as part of their kindergarten learning experience. <3

kua tae mai a Puanga kua tae mai a Matariki kua kite au a Hinepukohurangi He tohu mo te makariri

At Rewanui early learning centre in Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa our tamariki started to help prepare our Rewana bug. We hope to regularly make and share Rewana with our whānau. I recited the kaikōhau I have learnt from reo Māori before and during our mahi. Ngā mihi.

For my Matariki moment was I made fry bread n takakau bread for all 30+ colleagues at my mahi their nationalities range from Spanish Kurdish, Burundi, Iraqi, Somali, Chinese, Korean, Fijian, English n Maori, it was awesome n we had i t with real butter n jams they loved it n all wanted to know how i made it so i showed them. Matariki is always exciting n sharing our culture with my colleagues just makes me feel so special n Proud to be maori. We also watched a maramataka webinar by Mini Keita Tibble n during the webiner we ate popcorn. Then we went to do karakia at the tree that we planted at work in memorial of our maori colleague that passed away last year in September. We hung matariki stars on her tree n sang her a waiata. We then went to the lunch room to enjoy a shared afternoon tea. I feel so lucky also to have awesome supportive colleagues at my mahi n feel so blessed to be able to share with them we often have waiata practice. Matariki for my whanau we took our son(13)n our moko (18 mnths) to Orakei marae manu Kite day n just love being there on the reserve n watching all the kites the kids loved it running around flying their kites. This saturday we are going to go to Glenn Innes they have a matariki celebration for all go enjoy from 6-9pm n fireworks to enjoy for the finale evening.

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Ānei āku tamāhine e whakanui ana a Matariki.

Te Hautapu umukohukohu whetū ki ate Rotoiti

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Sharing kaikōhau during our morning yoga practice on the Kāpiti Coast. Ngā mihi nui Jeannie Our Yoga Kāpiti Peka Peka

Last week 4Sight Consutling hosted its annual Matariki celebration to recognise the Māori lunar calendar New Year of Aotearoa. Our clients and our team from right across New Zealand came together for one night in Auckland, and it was an evening of good food, good drinks and good banter. We can’t wait to do it all again next year!

Nau mai ngā hua, Nau mai ngā wānanga Nau mai ngā pukenga Nau mai te ora Nau mai te pakari Hai hua makihikihi Hai mātauranga mau roa Hai putanga, hai oranga Tau ana!

We are a group of teachers at WEGC. For our matariki moment we shared kai, learnt the kaikohau and one of the teachers shared the beautiful felt puppets she made that represent each whetū. Mānawatia a Matariki!

Nau mai ngā hua Nau mai ngā pai Nau mai kia nui Kia hāwere ai

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Hautapu ceremony for our team of 8 (2 of our team whakapapa as Maori) Hautapu ceremonies are done to remember people who have passed throughout the year, reflect on the year, plan for the future, and give thanks to our environment. Of course, in true Māori fashion, everything ends with a hākari too! We explained the hautapu ceremony in more detail today, but here is the agenda we created and followed for today. We had 4 ringawera which I hope to reward with a hoodie for sharing our #kaitahi moment. Time Agenda 9am Karakia & explanations for the day 9. 10am Matariki presentation • What is matariki? • According to Māori, where did stars come from? • What do the stars of matariki mean? • Hautapu 10am Wānanga, discussing: • Pipiri ki a Papatuānuku • What are you personal aspirations for the year? • What aspects of the pou should we develop? And how? • What are some ways we can continually celebrate the whetū of Matariki throughout the year? (I. E, looking after moana/awa to celebrate waitī/waitā) (In addition to PKP) 10. 30am hākari Nga mihi Eddie Edmonds 022 332 6779

Celebrating our living taonga at Te Taiwhenua O Heretaunga Living Taonga Awards. From young inventors, young becoming ministers to Kaumatua leading by example with Health and Wellbeing.

I am on the right. Kia Ora As a roopu in the North Island of over 200 budget services in NZ we gathered together in Invercargill to reach and gather with our ancestry South Islanders to add and explore the other whanauangatanga of Financial experts so we are not disadvantaged. The results were to improved wellbeing , enhancing social, physical and economic elements. Our Budgeting services aim was to financially benefiting all whanau in particular , for people who are unemployed, tangata whenua, rangatahi, migrants, kaumatua, rurally isolated people , people of all ethnicity and people with disabilities. Our Kaupapa is FREE . To gather , cluster together and shine as bright as the stars above. (Matariki)

Kai hei whakaaro. Maharahara te haere o te whanau. E hiahia ana me nga manaakitanga mo te hauora me te oranga tinana. Nga hiahia me nga manaakitanga hei oranga mo to tatou hiakai. #kaikohau

I kai mātou i ēnei kai. He tino reka! Ngā mihi o te tau hou Māori, mānawatia a Matariki!

The Y6 learners at Sunnyhills School prepared and shared a hangi.

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This is an example of our Daily Notices for our school tv station FHS TV (fhstv. co. nz). Everyday we have a message from one of our leaders, news items and a short te reo/tikanga Māori segment that teaches reo and tikanga. Check out FHS TV to see what we are doing to promote Te Ao Māori

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We all brought shared Kai for long tutor group today. We forgot to add our own little personalised bit at the end of the video sorry. Happy Matariki!

I oho mōata ki te wānanga o Puanga ki Pukaka, Ngāmotu.

My Matariki moment in te reo Māori, English and German: Nau mai ngā hua Nau mai ngā pai Nau mai kia nui Kia hāwere ai Welcome all things that have grown Welcome all things that are good May they be plentiful and abundant Wir heißen alle Früchte der Natur willkommen Wir heißen alles was gut ist willkommen Mögen sie uns in Hülle und Fülle beschert sein

Kia kaha te reo māori! Our local Woodville District Visions hosted a community light festival type thing. Free food, lights and alot of sharing! It was really enlightening how te ao maori is slowly being reignighted in our community and region for that matter. Te ahi kaa is still lit!

Kaitahi for morning tea at Dairy Goat Cooperative Spray Drying

Kia ora! Ko “the Howie’s” toku ingoa. We are from Hamilton. Michelle and Shawn are the grown ups, Beren and Willis are the tamariki. We said a kaikoohau at dinner time last night. We had been outside looking at stars while we cooked the kai. We talked about the Great War between the atua after Papa and Rangi were pushed apart by Tane. We have learnt the story of the mata of ariki of Tawhirimatea from a great webinar by Rangi Matamua. The boys loved the part where Tawhirimatea ripped out his eyes and threw them into the sky. The kaikoohau is a really cool way to bring some more reo and learning into meetings at work too. Michelle used it at a Playcentre meeting as well! Thanks for all your awesome reo resources and helping us all learn more. Ngaa mihi nui The Howie’s

Hei te marama nei, ka whakamaumahara mātou ko tõku whānau I õ mātou tungāne tokotoru ki te hura kohatu. Moe mai rā I ngā tini whetu o Matariki ❤🌠🌟⭐

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Ko te Rāhina te tua Rima o Haratua I te tau rua mano rua tekau mā tahi I tenei Rātaka KO RUA MENETI KI TE TEKAU KARAKA TE PO Me mihi Tuatahi ki te atua , nāna nei Ngā mea katoa Me mihi ki to tatou kīngi a Kīngi Tūheitia me te Whare kahui Ariki Pai Marire ki a ratou E nga mate , haere , haere , Pai marire te haere Kia koutou te hunga Ora Nei ra te mihi atu ki a koutou Tēnā Koe! Ko Tainui Te Waka Ko Waipa Te Awa Ko Kawhia te Moana Ko Pirongia Te maunga Ko Tekotahitanga Te marae Ko Hoturoa te Tangata Ko Jayde Tōku ingoa I was a trouble youth in my time. I decided to Turned my life around after have my two pēpī. ⁷I have a small business and Im currently studying fulltime @Te wananga o Aotearoa . . . Im wanting to continue my studies to eventually gain a diploma in Te Ara Reo. My Goal is to help our people. Especially help trouble youth find them selves through Te Ara Reo. . . I feel alot our Taiohi are lost because they dont know who they are due to colonization and a system that doesn't work for our Māori/polly whānau. . I strongly feel that my purpose is to Teach Te Reo and give our next generation a chance at life. . Through teaching Not only te Reo and history of Aotearoa but giving them the Knowledge they need to pass on to the generation to come. . To save our Reo and have a better fight chance at changing the systemthat affects our people today. . In doing so I feel we will have a chance in the future to use The rules and system created by The Crown against them we need to build up knowledgeable Tamariki. WE MUST TEACH TO Fight with knowledge and not with our hands Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori! ! MAURI ORA!

My matariki moment is when me and my whanau all get together and share what matariki means to us and how we can improve how we can spoke more te reo

Lighting a candle for whānau who had passed on, my father, grandmother, niece, son's best mate, and every one else.

Koo teenei te poo whakangahau oo Kura Poo. Koo raatou aaku tauira i tuu ki te whakaatu taa raatou whakaari.

Friday 2 July, up bright and early on a brisk Matariki morning. . . . fire blazing, sharing hopes and aspirations for the new year, remembering those who passed. Then #kaitahi, kai hakari beautiful morning with Matariki in full view 😍

E 3 ngā kaupapa Māori kua tutuki mārika o Counties Manukau Kindergaten Association kaiako. Rāmere: Mahi raranga, he putiputi he whetū hoki ngā whainga, Rāhoroi: Hīkoi ki Ihumaatao me Te Pane o Mataoho mātou ko ngā kaitiaki i reira. Rāhina: mahi hautapu, kaitahi kia mānawatia a Matariki ✨✨✨

At mahi we are having a hangi, shared kai & memories photo table of loved ones who have passed ❤️

Our class of Yr3-4 tamariki all brought in a vege each and we made 9 crockpots of soup that was shared with our friends and whānau. We even had queues of kids outside our classroom wanting to have a cup! Much manaakitanga and laughter all day. Our tamariki loved the opportunity to feed our kura!

My babies attending their first Hautapu Ceremony in Clive. Photo taken at 6am. This pic was of them after the karakia and waiata, and we went to sit down somewhere, and stay wrapped together in our blanket to keep us warm.

This was early in the morning looking to Matariki - alas she couldn't be seen that morning however we still got to experience a stunning sunrise.

Hukanui school staff shared Kai, breakfast, on Wednesday at 7:30 am. Friday was a kapa haka performance, shared Kai with out whanau visitors over 100 people and the open day in classes to shared our matariki learning.

Ko ahau mauruuru Ka awhina ahau

My daughter's performance with Panama Road School Kapa Haka, Opening Matariki at the Auckland Rowing Club 3/6/21

Matariki was spent reflecting with friends and enjoying the beautiful art and lights along the waterfront in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

I haere atu māua ko taku mokopuna a Hinetaiohorere ki te whakaaturanga o Ahi Kā i tū ki te wahapū o Pōneke. He mīharo rawa te whakatinanatanga o te ahi. He rawe te waihanga rātana ki te taha o te marea i hui atu ki reira ki te whakanui i a Matariki. Pārekareka hoki te whakamahi i ngā kupu Māori ki tēnā pou, ki tēnā pou, tae noa ki ngā pou ahi e muramura ana i ngā kōrero mō Matariki me āna tamāhine. Ka mihi ki ngā kaiwaiata, ki ngā kaimahi hoki me te wairua harikoa i hōrapa ki waenganui i ngā tāngata katoa. Tēnā koutou katoa. Mānawatia a Matariki!

I puta atu māua kō tōku Pāpā ki te titiro atu ki te kāhui whetū ō Mātariki. Te ātaahua hoki o ngā whetū. I karakia māua mo te tau hou me ngā tini mate o te motu, o te āo katoa hoki. Manawatia a Matariki. Ngā mihi o te tau hou Māori kia kōutou katoa! Kia tau pai ngā mea kātoa kia kōutou katoa e te iwi.

To celebrate Matariki a group of staff, students and whanau met at 5. 15am to walk up Maungawhau to look at the dawn sky. They were easily able to see the constellation. A group of us stayed behind with our Kaumatua to light the hangi fire. The hikoi then came back down to the whare to share kai for breakfast. This photograph is of the kai being removed from the hangi pit ready for sharing (our Principal, Lorraine Pound with Eloise Blackwell). We prepared over 200 meals. Our Kapa Haka roopu performed as we sat in the sun and ate. Students made Matariki stars.

Today I invited some friends to celebrate our 5th birthday. Perfect timing with Matariki.

Mānawa mai te putanga o te tangata, mānawa mai te putanga o Matariki!

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Every Matariki Dunedin Public Libraries staff and our whānau get together for a #kaitahi to celebrate being together and looking forward to te tau hou Māori. This year we were pleased to be able to say a kaikōhau together, it was a very special moment to share. Kā mihi mahana nui o te tau hou Māori! Mānawatia a Matariki

Up early these brisk July mornings to catch Matariki rising during 'te matahi o te tau'. Phone app cheat day1 to check for the right place but got up too late. Yesterday timing was perfect catching a glimpse in clear skies before before the fog rolled in. #kaitahi

I tunu parāoa parai tō mātou tumuaki! Our CEO cooked fried bread for the office. Waimarie mātou! We're lucky. Mānawatia a Matariki! Celebrate Matariki!

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Nau mai Matariki me ōna tini painga. I tērā Rāmere, i whakanui mātou ko tōku hapū i te whakarewanga a tā mātou maramataka hōu: ko tōna whāinga, he whakatairanga i ngā āhuatanga o tō mātou marae, hapū, iwi, aha atu rānei, aha atu rānei. Ka ea te wāhi ki te whakarewanga, ka hākari tahi ki ngā kaumātua ō tō mātou hapū: koinei he kiriata no tērā o ngā hākari. Mānawatia a Matariki e hika mā ✨

My whānau and I woke up early to see Matariki and watch the sunrise.

Manatū Taonga staff saying the kaikōhau before starting their shared lunch for Matariki.

Matariki had been in my awareness. Gwen’s death last July 16 brought Matariki to sharp consciousness. It was in the closing days of the Matariki period closing. A time to hold in our presence the loved ones who have died since last Matariki. I considered Hagley Park as site from which to view the group of nine stars viewed before sun rise. So they came to show themselves, but a FaceBook Post to which friends had shown interest alerted me to a witnessing on Marshlands Road. Ceremony, ritual, Karakia and Waiata. A hangi was opened for breakfast and a monster fire lit to prepare a hangi for lunchtime in the seventh and eighth hours. I woke at 5. 15am. Breakfasted dressing with three and four layers. Taxi called. Arrive at the place of viewing 6. 30 am with the temperature below -3c. Perhaps 100 - 150. Maori hosts and generously included guests through explanations and preparations. The day included tree plantings. I stayed only an hour and ten minutes. Returning to the roadside called a taxi. I had arrive in the care of an Egyptian and was to be taken home by a Sikh from North India. My participation was a wonderful sense of belonging in this land and within the universe whose movements guide and lead our appreciation and responses to our land. Gwen, her living and her dying part with me of the interweaving and flow of the rhythms of this land.

Matariki kaitahi at Te Pā o Moki, Taumutu. Manawatia a Matariki!

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Play Aotearoa has been playing - making a cake and sharing Whānau moments together. :)

Reading the book and now all of our nation is embracing matariki. Is one the happiest moments in my life. Pohutukawa resonates with me all the time when coming into understanding the departing of our whanau who have moved onto the next world and hiwa gives me hope. . MANAWATIA HE MATARIKI💯💯 MAURI ORA❤️❤️❤️

We held an event at our school where we shared kai and learning. Awesome experience

When this Pākehā heard Matariki is honoured by kai with whānau I rallied my sisters, brother-in-law, niece and grand niece together. Next year I will aim for more whānau and will be more confident to share our kaiköhau. Thank you so much for inspiring us to honour Matariki and learning Te Reo! Love your mahi.

This was a first year at mahi we celebrated Matariki, we had activities during the week to educate ourselves on the different stars, then finished the week with a shared kai, where I was able to to use the kaikōhau - Mānawatia a Matariki

Kua aonga ake te rā mo te tau hou. Kia manawatia a Matariki mo ake ake. I went for a swim and never felt connected to myself than ever before. Knowing the knowledge of Matariki and its purpose. I am beyond grateful for all that has been given too and to help others to gain the knowledge

Shared kai with work colleagues

I na po (ahakoa te matariki! ) ka haere matou ki te whakanuia matariki ki roto i te taone miharo o Poneke! He po rawe!

Fairy lights, roast dinner, friends, family and more dessert than needed was the best way to spend an evening reflecting on what Matariki means to us.

I am the Younited President of the student association at EIT in Taradale, Napier. Here I am with our organisers giving out free hangi to all our tauira in acknowledgement of Matariki 💙 The photo is of our visitor in our maara kai today. Our 2nd bell frog to bless us and during Matariki. He tohu 🙌

having a feed with family beneath Taranaki maunga!

Viewing matariki with whānau

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#Kaitahi ki te taha o aku hoa ki Te Whanganui a Tara. He hangi nā CJs Hangi. Te reka rawa atu!

i am having an yummy boilup with my whanau

All the children in our whanau made paper lanterns. We had a big feast together, then lit the candles and when the kids carefully dropped their lanterns over them they made a special wish. We said the kaikohou in Te Reo then Irish Gaelic. It was so lovely! !

This photo was taken at our Matariki celebration at Meraki Montessori School. The children planned a themed talent show, shared kai, games and viewing of the constellation. I delivered a mihi to open the evening. What a magical time!

Inapō, i haere māua ko ōku hoa ki te hākari o Matariki. I te tino tino rawe! E whitu ngā wāhanga kai māori, me kōrero, me katakata, me waiata. Pāia! I hope going forward, I can continue to celebrate Matariki and add to my memories.

Nau mai ngā hua o Te tau hou! Tenei Matariki e whakaaro ana ahau ki oku tūpuna

Nga uri o Ngakuru me Toti Peeni whakanui a Matariki i nga tau mai i 2019. Ka whakamahi matou i to mātou kuia rā whanau Pipiri 28th.

I went down to Ahi Kā festival on waterfront. Watched three of the Maoriland short films at Wharewaka and then outside stood around one of the many awesome fires. Amazing event, beautiful celebration, great artists singing on stage. Best vibes I’ve felt on the waterfront in such a long time.

VOYCE Whakarongo Mai, setup and also ran this event for our care experienced Rangatahi and Tamariki in Ōtautahi, Christchurch. We talked about what Matariki meant and we shared knowledge over Kai

Celebrating this years Matariki by remembering my amazing koro who has sadly passed on. I'm moving into this new year with thoughts of him, and my other whānau who have passed, in the front of my mind.

E whakanui ana i te tau hou Māori ki te wānanga peha #NauMaiETeMatahiOTeTau

We had a Matariki kaitahi, including the last of our first home-grown, bright orange kumara stored from our end of summer harvest. 😀