What's on in Selwyn during Matariki
There are a variety of events on in Selwyn during July, book your activities now!
- Puaka Whānau Day
- Modern take on Mahinga Kai with Manu and Joe
- Mokihi and Mahinga Kai Workshop - Fully booked
- Dinners of Selwyn
- Manu Tukutuku Workshop
- Kawakawa Workshop - Fully booked
- Meet your Street
- Star gazing and Astrophotography - Fully booked
- Journeys of Manu
Visit selwyn.govt.nz/events for details and bookings.
Ko Matariki kei runga, ko te tohu tēnā o te tau!
Matariki signals the Māori New Year and is considered a time of celebration and renewal. Matariki begins with the rising of the Matariki star cluster which appears mid-winter.
Customarily, Matariki was celebrated by the lighting of ceremonial fires, gifts and offerings, and celebrations to farewell the dead, honour ancestors, and to celebrate the coming year. The Matariki star cluster was also used to find out how abundant the upcoming year’s harvest would be. Bright, clear stars promised a warm and successful season. However, hazy stars warned of cold weather and poor crops.
Puaka Kai Rau
The abundance of Puaka
Puaka (Rigel in Orion), is the seventh brightest start in the sky. Puaka, the Ngāi Tahu dialectual form of Puanga, rises just before Matariki each year. The tribes of Whanganui, Taranaki, parts of the Far North and Te Waipounamu recognise Puaka, as it is the star seen most clearly in these regions. It is said that Puaka foretells the fortunes of the coming year.
Although southern iwi celebrate Puaka, they still recognise Matariki and celebrate during the same period.