Mānawatia a Matariki!
We are very excited to be celebrating Matariki in Aotearoa New Zealand for the first time as a national holiday. As the first indigenous national holiday in the world it is long overdue and of course very special. Matariki gives us the opportunity to enjoy some winter festivities. Check out these ideas for celebrating Matariki with your family this weekend:
If you're very brave, you could wake up early Friday 24th of June, rug up and head to your nearest maunga (for us in central Tāmaki Makaurau that would be Maungawhau) to spot Matariki rise in the pre-dawn sky.
If early morning stargazing seems a bit daunting, bake your own Matariki stars. We will be trying out this recipe from Ottolenghi's Sweet. While they are in the oven we might try making a Waldorf inspired Matariki star window display.
The Winter is a great time to a lantern walk with young children and what better time to go lantern walking than Matariki? These Waldorf dodecahedron star lanterns are beautiful and a great STEM learning activity.
On Sunday 26th of June, come to the Titirangi Village Market, where Foal will be popping up from 8-2 pm.
After the market, head to Grey Lynn for the final night of Pathway Festival, an evening of musical encounters as you stroll from Grey Lynn Park to Cox’s Bay from 4 - 6 pm. Bring your lantern!