Herald on Sunday

A snapshot of what’s happening for Feast Matariki at six key sites around the country

- Find out more about Feast Matariki at eatnewzeal­and.nz/feast-matariki For more New Zealand travel ideas and inspiratio­n, go to newfinder. co.nz and newzealand.com

AUCKLAND: Tohunga TūmauPuang­a Matariki Dinner

In Auckland on July 1, top New Zealand chefs Peter Gordon, Joe McLeod, Anne Thorp, Rex Morgan, Rewi Spraggon, Kārena and Kasey Bird, Grant Kitchen and Nancy Pirini will serve a six-course feast, Tohunga Tūmau, and showcase Kiwi manaatikan­ga (hospitalit­y) to mark Puanga Matariki at Shed 10, Queens Wharf.

WAIKATO: Tino Reka Te Kai Matariki Dish Challenge 2021

Head to the Waikato from June 12 to July 12 as local restaurant and cafe chefs create Matariki dishes from Waikato produce for the Tino Reka Te Kai Matariki Dish Challenge 2021.

TARANAKI: Parihaka Puanga Kai Rau Festival

Visit Parihaka Pā in Taranaki on June 12 for the Parihaka Puanga Kai Rau Festival, featuring karakia, waiata, as well as gardening and shared kai events. Visitors are welcome to contribute to the shared kai at midday. This is a free family event.

WELLINGTON: Modern Matariki Hāngī with Joe McLeod

In Wellington’s Begonia House, at

the Wellington Botanic Gardens, join local chef Joe McLeod for his Modern Matariki Hāngī event. Held on July 9, the two-hour event starts at midday.

CHRISTCHUR­CH: Know the Whakapapa of Your Kai

At Gatherings Restaurant in Christchur­ch, chefs Josh Hunter, Craig Martin, Mitch Teirney and Finbar McCarthy are hosting the Know the Whakapapa of Your Kai event on June 25 and 26. The event gives diners the opportunit­y to eat and learn about the foods traditiona­lly associated with Matariki.

AORAKI MACKENZIE: Matariki 9-Course Degustatio­n Dinner

In Aoraki Mackenzie country, Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat is hosting Matariki 9-Course Stellar Degustatio­n Dinner on July 3, designed to reflect the nine stars of Matariki. Diners will be welcome to head outside to view Matariki, Puanga and Tautoru in the internatio­nally accredited dark skies of Aoraki Mackenzie.

MATARIKI AS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Next year, Matariki becomes a public holiday on Friday, June 24. As a public holiday, the date of Matariki will change from year to year, falling on a Friday or Monday sometime in June or July. The new holiday will break up the fourmonth period between the existing holidays, Queen’s Birthday in June and Labour Day in October.

 ??  ?? The Feast Matariki festival is nationwide from June 18 to July 8. Photo / Supplied
The Feast Matariki festival is nationwide from June 18 to July 8. Photo / Supplied
 ??  ?? New Zealand green-lipped mussels. Photo / 123rf
New Zealand green-lipped mussels. Photo / 123rf

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