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Te Huihui-o-Matariki Te Huihui-o-Matariki expected to draw big crowd this Friday

Festivities begin with Ngā Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua o Aotearoa competitions, which will see 42 groups from 15 regions across Aotearoa showcasing their unique kapa haka performances at the Trafalgar Centre from Tuesday 25 to Friday 28 June, and culminate with Te Huihui-o-Matariki on Friday 28 June at Trafalgar Park from 5pm to 9pm.

  Hosted by Nelson City Council in collaboration with Ngā Iwi e Waru o Te Tauihu o Te Waka-a-Māui, the theme for this year’s Matariki festival is Matariki Heri Kai, which draws from the Māori proverb “Matariki whetū heri kai” and means “Matariki, the bringer of food”.

With 61 stalls at Te Mākete Pō (the Matariki night market), there will be plenty of delicious kai and refreshments for people to enjoy along with a variety of traditional Māori arts and crafts for sale.

Light art installations will illuminate the night sky, and live performances from local groups and special guests Maisey Rika (Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Tūhoe) and Rei (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Pākehā) will keep the crowds entertained throughout the evening.

Nelson Mayor Nick Smith says everyone attending the festival will feel the manaakitanga–the hospitality–of Whakatū Nelson.

 “Te Huihui-o-Matariki is a wonderful event for whānau to enjoy. It’s an opportunity for the community to learn more about kaupapa Māori and to bring families together and celebrate our region’s diversity. It’s extra special this year to have so many visitors already in town for the popular secondary school kapa haka competitions.”

Gold coin koha will be collected upon entry to the night market for two local charities – Te Kotahi o Te Tauihu Charitable Trust, which assists people experiencing financial hardship, and Rangatahi o Whakatū / Youth Nelson, an alternative youth education provider.

Attendees are encouraged to bring cash as eftpos availability will be limited, and there will be no access to cash withdrawals on site.

To read the full story and to find out more information about other Matariki celebrations around Whakatū Nelson, visit Our Nelson.

Celebrating Matariki: events around Whakatū Nelson
Victory Matariki Celebration

Wednesday 3 July, 3pm – 7pm

Victory Community Centre

The annual Matariki celebration for the Toi Toi and Victory Community, featuring school and community performances, hot soup, a hāngī, veggie curry, a lantern hīkoi along the Railway Reserve, fire poi, and more.

Bring a lantern or torch and wrap up warm. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Visit the Victory Community Centre website for more information.

Matariki Art Exhibition

19 July – 2 August, 12pm

Refinery Art Space

A selection of 19 Matariki artworks, created by community group Te Ohu Weka and led by local artists Robin Slow and Mat Tait, will be exhibited at the Refinery Art Space, Whakatū from Friday 19 July – Saturday 10 August.

All original artworks are framed and for sale. Proceeds support reo revitalisation in Te Tauihu and Te Ataarangi ki Te Tauihu o Te Waka-a-Māui. Enquiries:

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