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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.


Te Runanga o Waihao Inc


If  you have the time why not visit our friends in Waimate / Waihao

The takiwa of Te Runanga o Waihao centres on Wainono, sharing interests with Te Runanga o Arowhenua to Waitaki, and extends inland to Omarama and the Main Divide

The name Waihao refers to an important food resource obtained from the river that has its beginnings in the upland country behind the hills, Te Tari Te Kaumira.  The hao eel, the lifestage of the short-fin eel was, and still is, a delicacy to families who gathermahinga kai from the Wainono Lagoon and the Waihao River (the kete of local maori).

The river convolutes its way over the Waimate landscape before emptying into the sea near Morven. There are no longer any commercial license holders on the river or lake and the supply of eels is once again plentiful.  Waihao also refers to the historic meeting place of Rakaihautu with his son Rokohouia.

Ko te hao te kai a te aitaka a Te Ao Tapu iti – The hao is the delicacy of Te Ao Tapu iti.

Te Ao tapu iti was partner to Te Rokohouia (or sometimes called Te Rakihouia - Te Rokohouia was son to Rakaihautu.)

Maori of the Waihao Rohe whakapapa to Waitaha, Kati Mamoe and Ngai Tahu. To these people Waihao is their turangawaewae; their home. Waitaha, itself a collection of ancient tribes, trace their lineage to the Uruao waka.  Kati Mamoe who migrated from the North Island in the sixteenth century and Kai Tahu who came to Te Waipounamu in the seventeenth century whakapapa to Araiteuru and Takitimu waka.

It is through the marae that a sense of continuity with the past is achieved.