A vibrant and creatively charged celebration of Puaka and Matariki was held on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 July at Puketeraki Marae when we held our wearable arts show. This show saw a mix of both returning and emerging designers.

The opening performance was once again by the wonderfully talented Karitane School, with their celebration of all the people, with many differing ancestors, who call Aotearoa home. [Read more…]

In 2013 Project Lyttelton and Lyttelton Community House Trust, worked together – with support from Ripeka Paraone on behalf of Rāpaki – to join celebrations for Matariki and the Lyttelton Festival of Lights.

Following the successful combination of the two events last year, the collective vision for this year’s event, is for Lyttelton to be the first town in New Zealand to celebrate Matariki. On Friday 20 June, Lyttelton will light up the evening skies to celebrate Matariki alongside the Festival of Lights. The evening will begin at 5.30pm with a children’s parade. [Read more…]

Waimate District educational organisations, from early childcare centres to the local high school, all took part in this year’s Matariki celebrations in June.

Last year, when we organised this festival, we were overwhelmed by the response. Over 500 people turned up to support our tamariki and rangatahi and watch them perform kapa haka. So this year, we moved to a bigger venue, and were hosted by Waimate High School.

On 28 June, the Waimate community was welcomed to the venue by Upoko Rūnanga Tewera King, in a mihi whakatau. He then took up the microphone and introduced the youngest kapa haka performers. All the rōpū performed with passion and it was heart-warming to see the excellent performances by our tamariki. [Read more…]

We celebrated Matariki in style on 5-6 July by staging the third Wearable Arts Show at the marae. Powerful music, wonderful garments, eclectic entertainment and adoring audiences are what defined this year’s show.

The supreme prize went to Katherine Greer (supreme winner in 2011) with her entry, ‘You think I’m a log but I’m really a taniwha!’ while the People’s Choice was won by Rea Stout with ‘Ka haere a Hine Moana ki te Whakahirahira o Matariki’.

How wonderful that we had a number of whānau who entered, including Kelly Tikao and her whānau, with Rahera (equal runner up in the Papatūānuku section). This truly beautiful entry was modelled by Kelly’s daughter, Wairāmia Taratoa-Bannister. [Read more…]

Next hui

Our next hui will be held on 14 July.
Kaupapa: Whakanui i a Matariki mā te kai tahi i a tātou hua māra kai.

Celebrating Matariki with the produce from our own gardens.

Matariki ahunga nui
The Pleiades when many mounds were heaped up.
Kia tū mai a Matariki kua ahuahua te whenua kia rite ai mō te ono kūmara.

The season of Pleiades is the time that many mounds should be heaped up in preparation for kūmara planting.
(Source: www.kōrero.māori.nz – Matariki booklet 2010) – Aoraki Matatū.

Matariki at the Marae Wearable Arts Show

Date: Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July evenings
Venue: Puketeraki Marae, Apes Road, Karitāne
Cost: Adults $15, children $5. Available from Design Withdrawals, 7 Moray Place and Karitāne Store and the rūnaka office.

Further details are available on our website

Ngā whānau o Rehua Marae invite iwi and community to our celebration of Matariki 2013.

Tuesday 25 June, evening workshop, kapa haka, 6pm–8pm

Thursday 27 June, evening storytelling, kapa haka, 6pm–8pm
Saturday 29 June open day with workshops, kapa haka and activities, 10am–4pm

Contact: Elena Gapper, [email protected] or phone 03 355 5615.

Date: Friday 14 June, 7.30-8.30am (please arrive promptly at 7.15am)
Venue: Toitū Otago Early Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens
Cost: $25 tickets available from Toitū Reception. [Read more…]

Matariki at the Marae Wearable Arts Show

Entries are open for the Matariki at the Marae Wearable Arts Show on 5-6 July. Have you thought about what you are going to create? Don’t leave it too late or you may miss out. You must have your entry in by 5pm on Friday 14 June; and you must be available to present your garment with your model on judging day, as well on both evenings of the event (Friday and Saturday). You can download your entry form from www.puketeraki.co.nz.