Maori food, art, dance, stories by the lake
The Lake Wanaka waterfront will become the backdrop for Maori storytelling and traditions this Saturday as Matariki – the Maori New Year – is celebrated.
Matariki is the name of a cluster of stars which rises in mid-winter. For many Maori it marks the start of a new year.
Kahu Youth youth worker Angie Griffiths said that as part of the celebrations there would be a kapa haka display by Wanaka Primary School students as well as workshops on interactive Maori art, hulahooping and poi, and a storytelling corner.
A hangi would be cooked and available for a koha (donation).
About 550 people were fed at last year’s celebration and it was expected the same number would take part this year.
After the hangi two bonfires would be lit on the lakefront where tradition Maori stories would be told.
‘‘To finish up we have a massive fireworks display,’’ Griffiths said.
The event was a great celebration for locals and visitors to learn about the Maori culture and traditional method of cooking, she said.
Funds from hangi contributions go towards next year’s celebrations.
What: Matariki Celebrations When: Saturday June 28, 2.30pm to 6pm. Where: Wanaka Dinosaur Park and Lake Wanaka waterfront. Cost: Free entry. Koha (donation) for hangi. Kai time: More than 500 people are expected to enjoy a hangi at the Lake Wanaka waterfront to mark Matariki on the weekend.