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Festival to mark Matariki

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/05/2017

A festival in Wellington to mark Matariki will feature events, music, food and education across the region.

Matariki Rising runs from June 16 to 25 at Te Papa, and throughout the month at Wellington Museum, the Dowse in Lower Hutt, Expressions in Upper Hutt, Pataka in Porirua and Mahara Gallery in Waikanae.

The Te Papa event kicks off at 7pm on June 16 with a celebration and storytelling session illuminated with fire, where food will be cooked.

Matariki, the Maori new year, is celebrated each June, recognised when the star cluster known as Matariki and Pleiades rises in the sky during winter.

Creative director of Matariki Rising, Te Papa's Dr Charles Royal, says that the overall theme of Matariki festivals both historically and today is renewal.

"It's a celebration that is unique to New Zealand and provides an opportunity to come together, to acknowledge who we are, to express love for these islands that we call our home and foster quality relationships between each other and the natural world."

Matariki Rising will conclude with a large kapa haka event at Te Papa on June 24 and 25.

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