MATARIKI HUNGA NUI HERETAUNGA - HASTINGS
MANY PEOPLE GATHER FOR MATARIKI
Thu 6th July
Friday 14th July
Sat 15th July
Mānawa mai a te putanga o Matariki.
Mānawa mai a te ariki o te rangi.
Mānawa mai a te mātahi o te tau
Hail the rise of Matariki
Hail the lord of the sky
Hail the New Year
Matariki is the Māori tradition that marks the rising of the star cluster Matariki Pleiades. Matariki signals the start of the Māori new year and is a time of commemorating the passing of loved ones, making plans for the upcoming year, feastings, celebrating and giving thanks for the harvest.
Storytelling Around the Fire
Saturday 15th July 6pm to 9pm
Civic Square, Hastings
Free Entry, Kai Trucks onsite
Communal fires set among 18 large pou carvings as a storyteller shares tales of old
WAKA MAIMAI AROHA
Waka of Reflection
Thursday 6th July, 6.00-9.00pm
Kai trucks onsite, Acoustic Entertainment
The Pond, Flaxmere Park, Henderson Rd, Flaxmere
Write a message of remembrance, reflection and gratitude on a lantern. Witness hundreds of lanterns reflecting on the water. One free lantern per family. These are biodegradable
Celebrate Matariki Hastings
Friday 14th July (National Matariki Holiday)
Free entry. 6pm to 9pm Fri 14 July. Walking public entry at Gate 2. Free parking entry at Gate 1 & Gate 3. Traffic wardens at all gates and parking zones.
Tomoana Showgrounds, Kenilworth Rd, Hastings
Dress up warm to re-enrgise the soul and warm the senses in the chill of winter at the second public holiday to celebrate Matariki.
The Tomoana Showgrounds will come alive with kai galore serving everything from traditional Maori hangi, rewena and toroi to kebabs, curry, dim sums and hot dogs. The entertainment is epic too including HB Soul Choir, Kahurangi Dance Theatre, kapa haka, Pacific Dance, fashion, remembrance & pahū ahi - fireworks