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Matariki Celebrations in Rotorua 28 June – 30 July 2015

Matariki began on June 19th and is celebrated nationwide until the 19th of July.

Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades or the Seven Sisters. It rises in mid-winter – late May or early June – and for many Māori, heralds the start of a new year. Matariki literally means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki). Traditionally, Matariki was a time to remember those who had died in the last year. But it was also a time to celebrate the harvesting of crops, collecting of seafood and birds, and, as a marker for the start of winter, a time for sharing knowledge and stories.

Rotorua’s Council Matariki celebrations started on Saturday, 20 June, with Matariki Whānau Night at Rotorua Museum, featuring stargazing in a portable planetarium, storytelling, arts, crafts, face painting, music, food and more. The final Matariki event being hosted by Rotorua Lakes Council will be Matariki at the Market – the weekly Thursday night market – on 30 July.

Sunday 28 June: Family Matariki Celebration Walk, 1pm-3pm from Rotorua Bowling Club, free, join Māori astronomy student Hohepa Tuahine for an entertaining walk around Government Gardens with music, art and craft activities along the way and a light afternoon tea to finish. Register by June 25, limited places. For more info ph 348 4199, email community.events@rotorualc.nz

Thursday 9 July: Matariki kite-making workshop, 1.30pm, Library, free, all materials provided. For more info ph 348 4177, email library@rotorualc.nz or visit rotorualibrary.govt.nz

Friday 10 July: Matariki kite flying, 10.30am, Library, free event. Test-fly your Matariki kite creations from Thursday’s workshop. For more info ph 348 4177, email library@rotorualc.nz or visit rotorualibrary.govt.nz

Thursday 16 July: Matariki Fashion Show, Library, 6pm. A night of fun and glamour as local designers show off their creations on the catwalk. For more info ph 07 348 4177, email library@rotorualc.nz or visit rotorualibrary.govt.nz

Thursday 30 July: Matariki at the Market, 6pm until late, free, Tutanekai St – music, food and dance. For more info ph 07 351 7057 or email brigitte.nelson@rotorualc.nz