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Celebrating Matariki at The Arts Centre

Elizabeth Robinson
Matariki at The Arts Centre
Matariki 2020  The Arts Centre

The Arts Centre is bringing people together to celebrate the rise of Matariki; the beginning of the Maori New Year.

It is the centre's third annual Matariki event, with this year's focus being on hauora (health and well-being) through ngā toi (the arts). 

The Maori new year is held when the Matariki cluster of stars rises according to the lunar calendar. This year's rise of the Matariki is between July 13 and July 16. 

Matariki is a time to reflect on what has happened over the last year, as well as look ahead to what is to come. 

Programmes curator Hannah Wilson said is was both a reflective and a celebratory time.

About 25 people turned up this morning to participate in a 'warrior yoga' session held by Letesha Hallet, kicking off The Arts Centre's events. 

Matariki events at the Arts Centre will run until July 26, with a range of family-friendly events to attend.

Although this year's events are smaller due to Covid-19 limitations, there are still many fantastic Maori practitioners, well-being practitioners, artists and musicians, who are doing small group workshops. 

Wilson said the school holiday season provided the perfect opportunity to teach the younger generations about Matariki and Maori Culture.

"We really like to see children engaging with the arts, as well and really enjoying themselves at this time of the year."