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Matariki Celebration
1 July 2021

"Ko Matariki ahunga nui" - The Great Mounds of Matariki

Matariki is a time when food is stored and shared. This proverb speaks of hospitality, togetherness and the sharing of food.

At 5.45 on Thursday 1 July, a group of students, teachers and whanau from the community met to observe the rising of Matariki at the Motiti Reserve in Papamoa East.

Matua Heemi Gilbert led a karakia and short korero about the meaning and significance of Matariki. Matariki is both a marker of the beginning of the Maori New Year, it also is the name of a star cluster (also known as Pleiades in Greek and Subaru in Japan) which legend tells is the star Matariki and her daughters, some iwi believe there are seven stars in the cluster others believe there are nine.

Matua Heemi pointed out the star cluster which was clearly visible in the cloudless sky, on the horizon above Motiti Island.

He also pointed out other stars such as Takarua (Sirius) and Puanga (Rigel) which mark the coming of the new year to other Iwi in Aotearoa.

Te Tuinga Whanua and Hapai Rangitahi performed a waiata chosen especially for Matariki, and we took a moment to reflect and make wishes for the year ahead.

It was still dark when we made our way back to the carpark where we were all treated with complimentary hot drinks provided by the Little Drum Coffee Cart.

Thank you to Matua Heemi Gilbert and Matua Pere Durie for making this special occaison happen. It was the perfect start to the new season, we hope it will become an annual college event. 

 

 

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