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Matariki

Information about  Matariki and events to celebrate Matariki in 2020 hosted by Whangarei District Libraries.
Updated: 10/07/2020 1:15 p.m.

Whangarei Matariki 2020 banner .

About Matariki

Matariki is the name given by Māori to a cluster of stars, part of a constellation known in Western astronomy as Pleiades (or Subaru in Japan). The appearance of the stars in the dawn sky in late May, early June marks the start of a new phase of life - the Aotearoa Pacific new year.

While various Iwi celebrate Matariki at different times, most festivities begin at the next new moon after Matariki has risen. In 2020 this Pipiri is 13 to 16 July.

There are two English translations of Matariki - mata riki (tiny eyes) or mata ariki (eyes of god) referring to the eyes watching over the land and its people.

The celebration of Matariki has undergone a revival in recent years, with a growing awareness among New Zealanders of Māori traditions contributing to their unique cultural identity.

Matariki is a growing tradition celebrating people, language, spirituality and history.

2020 Matariki events

Free activities for all ages to celebrate Matariki at Whangarei Central Library.

Make a Matariki Badge

Saturday 18 July, 10am - 12pm
Front foyer, Whangarei Central Library

Design and make your own special Matariki badge.
All ages. Free entry.

Flax Weaving Workshop for Beginners

2 workshops with the same activity each day:

  • Thursday 23 July, 10am – 1pm
  • Friday 24 July, 10am - 1pm

Māori Room, Whangarei Central Library

Try flax weaving in this fun, hands-on class in a small group with a skilled weaver. Suitable for adults with little or no flax working experience.

Free entry. Ten person maximum.

Registration required

To register: phone 09 430 4206 or email libraryevents@wdc.govt.nz

Registrations close Monday 20 July, 5pm.

Flax Weaving Workshops for Experienced Weavers

2 workshops with the same activity each day:

  • Thursday 30 July, 10am – 2pm
  • Friday 31 July, 10am - 2pm

Māori Room, Whangarei Central Library

Join in this fun, hands-on, small-group instruction in the craft of flax weaving by a skilled tutor Suitable for adults who have completed the Beginner Workshop or have had prior flax working experience.

Free entry. Six person maximum.

Registration required

To register: phone 09 430 4206 or email libraryevents@wdc.govt.nz

Registrations close Monday 27 July, 5pm.

 

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