Matariki is an important opportunity to celebrate what is now a well-recognised calendar event throughout New Zealand and with our whanaunga living overseas, says Labour’s Maori Affairs Spokesperson Parekura Horomia
“Matariki is a well-known star constellation known as the Pleiades or ‘seven sisters’. It is seen in the Southern hemisphere during the month of June and heralds the beginning of the Maori calendar year. Matariki is a symbol of transition and new beginnings as we look ahead to the new year.
“I am pleased that there have been a growing number of events held across the country, confirming the broad appeal of te ao Maori in our society.
“Our rangatahi are an important feature in these celebrations and it is exciting to see their musical and artistic talent show-cased. There are events for rangatahi from Te Papa through to Matariki Makariri Waka ama hosted by Ngaati Kahungunu and throughout Aotearoa.
“This is an important time to reflect on our achievements as Maori making a strong contribution to economic advancement for iwi.
“We must also ensure that the wellbeing of our whanau is a top priority so that the lives of our kaumatua, tamariki and mokopuna are improved.
“I want to encourage more Kiwis to get involved with the many Matariki events being held near them,” said Parekura Horomia.
For more information on Matariki events in your rohe http://www.eventfinder.com/ search Matariki.