Presented by: Kahu Youth Trust
Where: Dinosaur Park and Roys Bay Reserve
When: SAT 25 June, 2pm onwards
Kapa haka & activities 2pm – 5pm, Māori history and legends from 5pm, Hangi from 5pm, Fireworks.
We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to bring our community together to connect and celebrate Matariki, the Māori New Year!!
Te Kāhui o Matariki is a cluster of stars that rises in mid-winter, marking the start of the Māori New Year. The New Year celebrations provide an opportunity for whanau and communities to come together to reflect on the year that has been and refresh, reset and rise for the year ahead.
This year’s celebration is a great whānau event and is sure to warm a cold winter’s night! Spectators will be able to enjoy whakangahau(performances), hangi and fun, free activities that represent Te Kāhui o Matariki (star cluster).
An important part of Matariki is coming together and sharing kai. The hangi will be served from 5:00pm and will feed over 700 people! A koha (donation) is asked for the hangi.
Te Kāhui o Matariki
The nine stars of the Te Kāhui o Matariki cluster each represent a different natural living system. Kahu Youth Trust has collaborated with local environmental groups, Grow Wanaka, Te Kakano, WAI Wānaka, and WAO, to create fun activities for tamariki and rangatahi to participate in, to teach them the meaning of each star and enrich their experience of Matariki. Tamariki and rangatahi can get their ‘star map’ at the Kahu Youth Trust marquee and will receive a stamp at each activity as they journey across the Te Kāhui o Matariki star cluster. Activities will be open for tamariki and rangatahi from 2pm – 5pm.
The community stage will celebrate Māori culture with captivating kapa haka performances from local schools and community groups as well as enriching local Māori history and legends (purakau) as told by Darren Rewi. As the sun sets, fire dancers will memorize crowds with the twirling of flames along the lakes edge. Spectacular fireworks over Lake Wānaka conclude the Matariki celebrations at 6:30pm.
Our kapa haha performance line up and performance times will be confirmed and listed on this page on Friday 17 June.
As always, Kahu Youth Trust is incredibly grateful for all the help and generosity we are receiving from the community towards this community event. Thank you – we simply couldn’t do this with you.