Get ready for Matariki – 28 Pipiri (June)

Matariki – the Māori New Year – is on Saturday 28th June. There is a fab range of events in the next few days to celebrate.

Tonight (Wednesday 25 June) at 6.15pm A Tane me Ngā Whetu
Matariki storytimes at Upper Riccarton Library. Bring along your whānau to listen to stories about Matariki, learn a waiata, and have fun. Dress code: PJs and a blanket.

Matariki seminar: The sharing of Rongōa. A session on traditional Māori healing with a focus on Te Taiao (the environment). Presented by Joseph Hullen. Linwood Library at Eastgate, Thursday 26 June at 6pm.

And on Matariki itself – Saturday 28 June – it’s time for the Whanau Fun Day at Rehua Marae. It goes from 10am to 3.30pm. Our librarians will be telling stories at 11am, there will be market and kai stalls all day.

There will also be:

  • Korero/ Talks on Natural Resources and Planting
  • Wahakura – Traditional Sleeping Baskets for Pēpi – 10.15am
  • Native Planting – 1.00pm
  • Rongoa Garden – 1.40pm
  • Kapa Haka: Ngā Manu a Tane, Heaton Intermediate and Te Kotahitanga

Our libraries are celebrating Matariki with community crafts and displays. Here are some photos from around our ‘branches’.
Kete cabinet at Parklands Library Matariki display at South Library Matariki leaf rubbing at Hornby Library

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