Matariki mo­ment

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

Photo: HE­LEN WESTERBEKE

Matariki lanterns: Maila Aluni, left, gets in­volved in the Matariki evening held on June 17 by a group of fam­i­lies in Ti­tahi Bay.

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