Matariki Day stay: A historic second for Aotearoa

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Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki / Hail the rise of Matariki

Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi / Hail the lord of the sky

Mānawa maiea te mātahi o te tau / Hail the New Yr


– Dr Rangi Matamua

Mātahi o te tau, the Māori New Yr is a catalyst for cultural change in New Zealand.

Throughout the nation, Māori and non-Māori have been studying concerning the many cultural practices related to Matariki, the constellation, and time of the yr.

From Te Rerenga Wairua within the Far North to Rakiura within the Deep South, only a few communities, faculties and workplaces stay untouched by te reo Māori, tikanga, and mātauranga Māori, as New Zealanders put together to have a good time the primary ever Matariki Day.

In Auckland, Stardome educator Olive Karena-Lockyer (Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Raukawa) has been studying concerning the astronomy of Matariki, so she will be able to share it with others.

“Matariki is an excellent time to attach with te ao Māori in a roundabout way,” she mentioned.

“Matariki is our first indigenous public vacation, so I believe probably the greatest issues we are able to do is develop manaakitanga – present hospitality, kindness, care, generosity and assist for one another, and for the setting.”

To honour the Māori New Year, Stuff designer Kwok Yi Lee created this illustration to visually represent a sense of connection. “It also aims to capture Matariki and Puanga, focusing on the past, present and future. It is an opportunity to reflect, gather as a people and plan for the new year.”

Kwok Yi Lee/Stuff

To honour the Māori New Yr, Stuff designer Kwok Yi Lee created this illustration to visually characterize a way of connection. “It additionally goals to seize Matariki and Puanga, specializing in the previous, current and future. It’s a chance to mirror, collect as a individuals and plan for the brand new yr.”

West Finish College in Palmerston North held a day of Matariki occasions participating in Māori video games and actions, together with kapa haka, and shared kai. The kids spent weeks studying concerning the which means of Matariki.

Principal Matt Kennedy mentioned Matariki was about greater than simply sooner or later, it was about giving the scholars a chance to proceed to study and interact with te ao Māori.

“One in all the large issues was [Matariki] being a part of the varsity imaginative and prescient, for the varsity’s energy and reference to the group and households.”

Students at West End School learn various Māori games and activities for Matariki. Tamsyn Le, 10, with her younger brother Oliver Le, 3, play a card game.


College students at West Finish College study numerous Māori video games and actions for Matariki. Tamsyn Le, 10, along with her youthful brother Oliver Le, 3, play a card recreation.

In July 2020, Stuff campaigned to show Matariki into an official vacation, and just a few months later in September Labour introduced it might again it too. It was lastly handed into legislation in April 2022. On the time, Affiliate Minister for Arts, Tradition and Heritage Kiri Allan mentioned it was “a historic second for all of us”.

“Having this vacation will assist us come collectively to embrace our evolving nationwide identification and have a good time our distinct tradition,” Allan mentioned.

On Matariki Day, the capital will likely be buzzing with a nationwide ceremony and a stay occasion being hosted at Te Papa for all of Aotearoa to get pleasure from.

Te Papa, together with iwi, Māori organisations and authorities entities reminiscent of Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori, and the Ministry of Schooling have been holding Matariki occasions and growing sources for the reason that Nineteen Nineties.

The official launch of the general public vacation will likely be attended by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, ministers Kelvin Davis and Kiritapu Allan and blessed by tohunga (consultants). It takes place inside Te Papa, however the general public can watch from the close by waterfront. You may watch it survive Stuff from 6am.

Lee Johnson holds the pot Te Papa's hautapu will be cooked in for Matariki.


Lee Johnson holds the pot Te Papa’s hautapu will likely be cooked in for Matariki.

Lee Johnson (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kuia) is charged with making ready the meals that will likely be supplied on the pre-dawn hautapu. “If the meals is cooked then that’s an excellent signal, so I’ll be placing my greatest foot ahead to be sure that it’s cooked, if not overcooked.”

Te Papa’s Kaihautū Arapata Hakiwai mentioned when the main points of Friday’s ceremony had been introduced, and the creation of a nationwide public vacation to mark Matariki, it was a dream come true.

“There will likely be plenty of individuals in our ideas this yr, trying down on us and thrilled that we’re coming collectively as a nation to have a good time Matariki,” Hakiwai mentioned.

Te Papa’s chief government, Courtney Johnston, mentioned Te Papa was honoured to host the official launch.

“That is one thing we wish to share with as many individuals as doable. Coming collectively for Matariki is an element of us gaining a higher understanding of mātauranga Māori and celebrating our distinctive place on this planet.”

Crowds descend on Rarangi Rock to witness the Matariki star cluster rise over the horizon just before dawn. Telescopes were provided by The Omaka Observatory.

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Crowds descend on Rarangi Rock to witness the Matariki star cluster rise over the horizon simply earlier than daybreak. Telescopes had been offered by The Omaka Observatory.

What’s Matariki?

Matariki is a really outdated custom introduced from the Pacific to Aotearoa a thousand years in the past and has developed over time to turn out to be what it’s in the present day. And, it is going to proceed to evolve.

Matahi o te tau, the Māori New Yr isn’t only one public vacation day, however a time period. It aligns to when the Matariki star cluster could be seen on the horizon, after harvest, through the chilly season referred to as Hōtoke.

Totally different tribes have totally different conventional practices associated to this time of the yr. Marae, hapū and iwi throughout the nation will use their very own distinctive methods to mark Matariki, some use different stars reminiscent of Puanga and Rehua.

If the Matariki cluster and the one star, additionally referred to as Matariki, is shiny and excessive within the sky, it is alleged to be a sign of wellbeing, peace, and good luck for observers.

Matariki is all about connection. How individuals hook up with one another up to now, current and future, the bodily and metaphysical realms, and the setting. It’s a mirrored image of the maramataka, the Māori means of life. Utilizing ceremony, it’s a time to assemble, bear in mind those that have handed, give because of the setting and the way it sustains us, mirror on the previous and plan for the longer term.

In Te Waipounamu, the South Island, a number of kai occasions had been being hosted by marae from Awarua (Bluff) to Ōtautahi (Christchurch), the place outstanding people within the Māori culinary area shared their meals practices, based mostly on the customized of fine meals bringing individuals collectively.

The occasion is known as Feast Matariki, a collaboration between Eat New Zealand and Ngāi Tahu. The marketing campaign’s most important occasions stretched throughout the Matariki interval, from Monday, June 13 to Sunday, June 26.

Eat New Zealand’s chief government Angela Clifford mentioned the undertaking was a chance to start out a brand new custom. “This celebration offers us a real, conventional connection to meals and the harvests that lead as much as it. Matariki naturally lends itself to kai.”

“We’ve got a colonised meals story. This enables us to re-align to inform our personal, distinctive meals story.”

Professor Rangi Matamua looks to Matariki at Te Papa in 2021 during the hautapu ceremony.


Professor Rangi Matamua seems to be to Matariki at Te Papa in 2021 through the hautapu ceremony.

Astronomer Dr Rangi Matamua (Ngāi Tūhoe) is an element of the Society Of Māori Astronomy Analysis & Traditions or SMART, a bunch who’ve been instrumental in pushing the Matariki agenda. Collectively, together with many others reminiscent of maramataka skilled Rereata Makiha, Paraone Gloyne and the revival of hautapu, they’ve generously shared their information with individuals throughout the nation.

For his work, Matamua gained the celebrated Prime Minister’s Science Communicator Award in 2020. He mentioned when the Matariki stars cluster above our heads, “it’s a reminder that we ought to be clustering with our beloved ones right here on Earth”.

“Matariki is a time to spend collectively. To acknowledge what’s occurred within the earlier yr. But in addition to have a good time every part current that’s fantastic, and stay up for summer time and subsequent yr,” Matamua says.

To search out the Matariki cluster, Matamua suggests trying east and, after recognizing Orion’s Belt/Tautoru, forged your eyes slightly to the left.

This yr, Matamua will likely be internet hosting a pre-dawn hautapu alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Te Papa Museum.

He’s encouraging everybody to embrace Matariki. For households to create their very own traditions based mostly on Māori customary values, reminiscent of sharing a meal collectively, committing to serving to the setting, or taking outing to bear in mind beloved ones.

All of this stuff are in the best spirit, Matamua says. “Hunker down. Get collectively, get fats, sleep in, learn a ebook.”

“Somebody requested me whether or not they should purchase presents for Matariki. I mentioned no, don’t purchase presents. Be current. Sit down with the people who find themselves closest to you and say, how are you?”

“Matariki hunga nui / Matariki of many individuals”

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