A unique event on the Christchurch calendar, Matariki at the marae is a celebration akin to an open home at New Year’s.
For the next two weeks, Ngā Hau e Wha invites all-comers to experience a national marae, hear guest speakers, learn about aspects of Mā0ri culture and the stars above and have some soup in celebration of the beginning of a new year on the Māori calendar.
I spoke with Christchurch City Libraries kaitakawaenga Aurelia Arona about the programme for schools and the opportunities the public have to participate and experience Māori culture.
The open community evenings on Tuesday and Thursday nights include star-gazing and cultural performances. Guest speakers, including Rakiihia Tau, Ranui Ngarimu, Dr. Rawiri Taonui, Iaean Cranwell and Te Rita Papesch. Stone carving, soap carving, a weaver’s demonstration, weave a star, computer-based whakapapa research and soup are also part of the evening programme .
Nga Hau e Wha is a national Marae – take this opportunity to experience the heritage and the hospitality on offer – it would be rude not to! Learn more about Matariki, and see other Matariki events at Christchurch City Libraries.
The event is supported by Christchurch City Council and Christchurch City Libraries, who deliver Matariki learning programmes and matariki storytimes. Many other government agenices and community organisations make the event possible.