Matariki event brings community together
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]cross.org.nz
ENTERTAINMENT: The world-renowned Kahurangi Performing Arts Group will perform at the Mangarau Garden and Community Space Matariki celebration.