Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades (or Subaru in Japan). It rises in mid-winter and for many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year.

Traditionally, it was a time for remembering the dead, celebrating new life and planting new crops. In the 21st century, observing Matariki has become popular again as a cross-cultural celebration. Kites, kai, balloons and fireworks help mark the occasion.

Every year we hold a Matariki celebration here at the Victory Community Centre. Its a time for the community to get together and celebrate the Māori new year.

We provide free family activities and entertainment. Hot soup, bread rolls and hāngi to enjoy.

This year our focus is on Te Wairepo awa (York stream) and how together we can take care of the awa and be aware of the river that runs beneath us.

Come celebrate Matariki 2019 at the Victory Community Centre!

Wednesday 26th June 2019

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