Matariki fest promises excitement
Matariki celebration plans in the Kapi-Mana area are in full swing.
Thirty- one Tawa and Porirua schools, plus preschools, kohanga and Pacific language nests and community groups will burst on to the Te Rauparaha Arena stage next week in a blaze of colour, song and dance as part of the Kapo Kapo Festival, celebrating Matariki.
It will be the second Kapo Kapo Festival held at the arena.
For five nights, from Monday till Friday (June 23 till 27), the schools will perform kapa haka and Pasifika dance in a series of shows that will involve more than 2500 young people from Porirua and Tawa.
On Saturday, June 28, the Kapo Kapo Matariki Market will run indoors at the arena with a focus on Maori and Pasifika art, craft, kai and entertainment.
The market stage will showcase the preschoolers in the community. It will run from 9am till 4pm. Kapo Kapo has been organised again by community group Mana Tiaki.
Project manager Karen Hill said Mana Tiaki’s goal was to raise the profile of Matariki and provide projects that reached out across all sectors of the community to make Matariki relevant for all.
Though Matariki is a celebration of the Maori New Year, the festival is also very prominent in the Pacific community.