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Local Celebrations Matariki 2016

te ana Te Ana Maori Rock Art  are holding a Maori puppet making workshop.Truly majical way to teach our Tamariki the importance of Matariki.

A puppet making workshop at Timaru Library. Limited spaces are offered over the first two Sundays of June (4th and 11th of June) both workshops go for one hour from 10am to 11am. Children of any age are welcome to attend at only $6.00 (cash)  per child.

Contact Te Ana on 03684 9141 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Celebrating Matariki 2016

Matariki is officially celebrated on 6 June 2016.

Matariki begins to rise in the last few days of May, and this symbolises the coming of the Maori New Year.

In years gone by, Matariki was thought to determine your crop for the coming season, and therefore it was important to recognise the part it played in nature’s cycle. The disappearance of Matariki in Autumn, signaled the time to gather and preserve crops.
Nowadays, Matariki is seen as an important time to celebrate the earth, and show respect for the land on which we live.
Traditionally Matariki was celebrated by gathering with whanau (family) and reflecting on the past. The festival’s connection to the stars provided an opportunity for families to remember their whakapapa (genealogy) and those ancestors who had passed away to the heavens. Many of these traditional celebrations are still practiced today, however there are many others ways that Matariki is celebrated also. Most celebrations focus around music, song, dance, food and family, and celebrations can last up to 3 days.
For more information on events happening throughout the country to celebrate Matariki go to http://www.newzealand.com/int/event/matariki/

 matariki rising

Alcohol Education with Nathan Wallis


Keep your diary free for this important event bought to you by WAVE. 

Traditional Maori Games Workshop

Traditional Maori Games Workshop for Physical Education and Health Teachers, Physical Activity and Sport Teachers in all education settings - ECE, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary.

On 24th March and starts at 9.30am

To register or for more information, contact Greg Newton on (03) 687 2607 or email Greg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.