Countdown to Matariki 2021
Matariki Ki Waikato
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What is Matariki?
“Matariki rere ki pae mahara”
“Matariki a time to remember and reflect”
Matariki is commonly known as the Maaori New Year and is marked by the rising of the cluster of stars named Pleiades or Matariki according to Maaori.
There are many significant Matariki stories, locally she is known as the daughter of Papatuanuku and Raumati. According to Maaori mythology, when their children separated Ranginui, the skyfather and Papatūānuku the earth mother, Tāwhirimātea God of the winds became so angry he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens. This was the creation of Matariki.
Endorsed by Te Ohu Whakaita Trust, the Matariki ki Waikato Working Group was formed to bring together a variety of organisations across the Waikato region to raise awareness around the Celebration of Matariki, the Maaori New Year.
The Matariki ki Waikato Working Group are people representative of Waikato organisations who deliver festival events during the festival period. Representatives from the following organisations have at times contributed to the Matariki ki Waikato Working Group since Matariki celebrations in Kirikiriroa began in 2009.
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Ngā Mihi Nui!
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