Come along and experience Maori culture and customs in a friendly, warm and welcoming environment.
Our experienced facilitator and events team are committed to ensure that you develop and experience a better understanding of the Māori Culture through the celebration of Matariki and traditional and contemporary food.
All participants will gain, learn and experience;
• A Māori welcome onto our marae (powhiri)
• A brief history of our marae and its basic functions
• Stimulate your taste buds with a contemporary presentation of traditional Māori food, ie: kumara and Maori potato wedges with a watercress aioli and sour cream dip, toasted rewana topped with smoked tuna in white sauce, seafood, wild game (including venison), steam pudding and much much more...
• Māori culture and customs (The do’s and don’ts when engaging with Māori)
• Power point workshop about Matariki – The Māori New Year, Māori Legend and Matariki, Meaning of the stars, How to spot Matariki
• A cultural performance
• Participate in and observe Māori activities (Māori traditional games, weaving, tattooing, gardening etc)
There will be artwork, Māori carvings, tāonga, gifts, kai, rewana bread, steam pudding and many other items on display and for purchase which will be provided by local weavers, carvers and artists.
Because Matariki is also about the “gift of giving” and as part of our whānau beliefs and traditions, we will be donating a percentage of each item purchased to the Heart Foundation to help with care and support for patients and their whanau. We all know of a loved one, a friend, a Nana, a Koro, or a close relative who may have been affected by this illness in one way or another and feel this would be a great cause to support. So your purchases or donations on the night will be contributing to an even greater cause along with keeping in the tradition and spirit of Matariki.
We are also proud to mention that last year we supported the Cancer Society in the same way.
Our memorial tree is unique to the way in which we celebrate and remember those that are no longer with us. Everyone will have the opportunity to tie a ribbon to the branches of the tree to signify the memory of your loved ones. After the celebration, we then remove and place all ribbons that were tied to the tree into a kete which is placed under the memorial tree when it is planted. It is planted in memory of all those that we together remembered on this Matariki Celebration.
eltoro & Associates are a whanau based business that assist those who are interested in and have an affinity to learn and develop their understanding or tikanga Māori.
Services also include assisting early childhood centres, primary schools and organisations in the implementation of the Māori language and tikanga Māori practices. These vary from providing marae experiences, day tours of Tamaki Makaurau for educators and managers, interweaving the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi into your organisation as well as specific workshops for leadership mentoring and team building exercises through using traditional Maori games and activities.
We are more than happy to discuss any enquiries or questions that you may have. Contact Lee or Toro Mason - phone: 027 545 6438 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org