Matariki event brings com­mu­nity to­gether

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to a Matariki cel­e­bra­tion in Have­lock North.

On Sunday June 12, a spe­cial event is be­ing held at the Man­ga­rau Gar­den and Com­mu­nity Space to cel­e­brate the Maori New Year— Matariki.

The event will also cel­e­brate what has been achieved at the com­mu­nity gar­den, with on­go­ing lo­cal sup­port and in­volve­ment.

The gar­den is es­tab­lished on the site in Man­ga­rau Cres­cent where the An­der­son Park School used to be.

Fruit trees, as well as other shady trees, were al­ready on the site, and other ar­eas were dug up to cre­ate veg­etable gar­dens.

Vol­un­teers have spent many hours plant­ing veg­eta­bles, weed­ing and mak­ing com­post. Nearby Luc­know School has planted a veg­etable plot, and churches and lo­cal groups have had work­ing bees at the com­mu­nity gar­den.

In one area of the gar­den a court has been marked out for play­ing vol­ley­ball and an­other for tenni-quoits, with the nec­es­sary net-posts and equip­ment bought through a grant from Aro­hanui Church. Peak Vi­sion Church runs a sausage siz­zle on Sunday af­ter­noons, at­tract­ing chil­dren who often come down to play tenni-quoits.

The com­mit­tee hopes that as well as help­ing on site and shar­ing in the pro­duce, res­i­dents will be prompted to start their own veg­etable plots, with the re­ward of healthy food for their fam­i­lies. Al­ready three fam­i­lies have be­gun grow­ing veg­eta­bles on their own home sec­tions. The com­mit­tee also hopes that the gar­dens will be­come a fo­cal point for peo­ple, where other com­mu­nity events can be held, and reg­u­lar recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties can take place.

In con­junc­tion with the Com­mu­nity Gar­den, there’s also the Tool­box, based at Aro­hanui Church. The shed holds tools, as well as a lawn­mower and trailer, that peo­ple can bor­row for a small fee.

The com­mit­tee has had sup­port from Hast­ings Red Cross and the Hast­ings District Coun­cil, while Te Puni Kokiri has pro­vided funds, and con­trac­tors and firms have sup­plied ma­te­ri­als and equip­ment. The Depart­ment of Corrections has been send­ing com­mu­nity work­ers to help tidy the gar­den, who have al­ready made a huge dif­fer­ence to the site.

At the Matariki event, Hast­ings Mayor Lawrence Yule Mayor will speak, and Henare O’Keefe, Flaxmere rep­re­sen­ta­tive on Hast­ings District Coun­cil, will be the MC. School groups will be in­volved, plus the world-renowned Kahu­rangi Per­form­ing Arts Group founded by the late Tama Tu­ranga Hu­ata.

Cel­e­bra­tions start at 11.30am, sausage siz­zles and re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided and there will be food avail­able to pur­chase. There will be games for the chil­dren and par­tic­i­pa­tion is free.

This Matariki cel­e­bra­tion is an op­por­tu­nity for Have­lock North res­i­dents, or­gan­i­sa­tions and churches to get to­gether and be­come more in­volved in the lo­cal com­mu­nity group.

If you would like to help with the cel­e­bra­tions:

Do­nate in­gre­di­ents for lo­cal res­i­dents to make cakes or other items for a food stall.

Do­nate ma­te­ri­als/equip­ment to help de­velop the site.

Pro­vide a team to as­sist with prepa­ra­tion of the gar­den area, such as con­struct­ing com­post bins or con­crete edg­ing around gar­dens.

As­sist on the day with set­ting up and run­ning the event.

Con­tact Chris­tine Ap­per­ley (Hast­ings Red Cross) ph 878 8438 or email chris­tine.ap­per­[email protected]­

EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: The world-renowned Kahu­rangi Per­form­ing Arts Group will per­form at the Man­ga­rau Gar­den and Com­mu­nity Space Matariki cel­e­bra­tion.

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