A group of Titahi Bay families put their own spin on Matariki recently, with more than 80 people turning out for a candlelit walk.
Matariki, the Maori new year, occurs late May or early June every year and lasts about a month.
Its traditions – instructing young people in the lore of the land, acknowledging the past and future, and planting for the coming year – have been revived in the past 10 years.
‘Ana Coffey says it is the second year they and their neighbours in Titahi Bay have got together to recognise Matariki.
On June 17 they set up a trail, lit by lanterns, with each station giving everyone, young and old, the chance to reflect on the year that has passed.
‘‘We’re all from the same street. Things like this are a great way to get to know your neighbours. It’s nice being part of a bigger community where people come together. The kids absolutely love it . . . and there’s hot chocolate at the end.’’
Ms Coffey would love to see their street’s activity replicated elsewhere in Porirua.
Matariki lanterns: Maila Aluni, left, gets involved in the Matariki evening held on June 17 by a group of families in Titahi Bay.