MATARIKI HUNGA NUI
TE WHANGANUI A OROTU - NAPIER
MANY PEOPLE GATHER FOR MATARIKI
Thursday 13th 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.
MATARIKI - WHANGAI I TE HAUTAPU
Thursday 13th July
Pre dawn ceremony in three parts to observe the stars, call the names of those who passed and making a food offering to the Matariki star cluster in the form of steam rising to the skies.
Public are welcome to send the full name of a loved one or friend who passed since the last Matariki, to be called aloud in the pre-dawn ceremony.
All welcome to be included send email to email@example.com. In the title box add MAIMAI AROHA – Name of person to be called aloud. Open Mon 3 July. Closes 5pm Tue 11 July
Free entry. All welcome. Hākari served for all. 6.00 to 7.00am Thur 13 July
546 Marine Parade South, Napier
(Next to National Aquarium of New Zealand)
MATARIKI AHI KĀ
Storytelling around the fire
Thursday 13 July 6.00 to 9..00pm
Gather around the fires as a storyteller shares tales of old. Waka maimai aroha (lantern) procession Write a message of remembrance, reflection and gratitude on a lantern and launch into Manga Pacific – Te Toka Tu Moana fountain. One free lantern per family. These are biodegradable. Arrive 5.30pm. Procession & lantern launch 6.30pm, 7pm entertainment, 7.30pm Maori games activities
Free entry. 6pm to 9pm Thu 13 July. Kai trucks on site. Hastings travellars can expect rush hour traffics delays for up to 60 minutes between 4.30pm to 6.30pm
546 Marine Parade South, Napier (Next to National Aquarium of New Zealand)