Don’t miss Matariki at the marae

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.

4 thoughts on “Don’t miss Matariki at the marae

  1. Mo-mo 17 June 2009 / 10:05 am

    I can confirm that the soup on offer is both hot and delicious. Just the thing on a cold winter night!
    The programme sounds great and I can’t wait to get rugged up and check it out on Thursday. Tumeke!

  2. richard 17 June 2009 / 10:51 am

    It was a good crowd last night. Lots of people were delighted to see the intricate and colourful interior of the wharenui; others were taking photos of friends and family in front of the gates. If you get a clear night make sure you check out the telescopes and other activities as well.

  3. Jill O'Brien, Educational Child Care Centre Inc. 28 April 2010 / 11:33 am

    Kia Ora, Our preschool has received a letter regarding 2010 Matariki Celebrations at the Marae. We enjoyed it very much last year and wish to book in this year. I have misplaced the letter, I think it was Linda who sent it.Could you please pass on this message or email again to let us know if we can attend again? Many thanks, kind regards, Jill O’Brien. Our phone No. is 03 3853636.

    • richard 28 April 2010 / 11:51 am

      Hi Jill – I’ve passed your message on and someone will be in touch soon. Richard.

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