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Te Iwa O Matariki Whānau Day

Te Iwa O Matariki Whānau Day

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  • Sat 21 Jul ’18, 10:00am – 3:00pm


Government Gardens, Queens Drive, Rotorua


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Bring the whānau down to celebrate Matariki in this fun event for all the family on Saturday 21 July 2018 from 10am – 3pm.

Located at Telly Tubby Hill in Government Gardens this free event will have something for all the family and celebrate togetherness at this special time of the year.

This fun-filled day will include a range of free activities available all day alongside scheduled entertainment.

All day activities:
Tamariki can enjoy making their own kite on the craft table hosted by Rotorua Museum, then take them over to fly them together with the beautiful Matariki kites by locals Ray & Rosemary McCully.

Learn the traditional Māori game of Ki o Rahi – Taonga Tākaro. Based on the Purakau (legend) of Rahitutakahina and the rescue of his wife Tiarakurapakewai this team game is played on circular field. Come and join in the action and learn how to play.

Have a go on the Scream Giant inflatable slide or younger kids can try out the bouncy roulette wheel. Inflatables are kindly provided by Community Leisure Management.

A quieter zone will be available with some family favourites including giant jenga, giant connect four and corn dog.

Families can grab a Rotorua Museum Matariki Activity Trail and explore Government Gardens while learning more about Matariki. Completed entries will go in the draw to win a great prize pack at the end of the school holidays.

Explore the redeveloped te reo playground by the rose gardens. The papa tākaro (playground) will be a reo Māori friendly area bringing to life the local history. To help people on their language journey, bilingual signage and interactive games are included in the overall park design.

Scheduled events:
10am: Opening blessing followed by Horohoro School kapa haka performance
10am – 12pm: Facepainting
10.15am: Youth Ukulele performance
10.30am: Matariki Kiwi storytelling
11am: Free shared kai: Soup, sausage sizzle, drinks and fruit.
11.15am: Horohoro School Kapa haka performance
12pm: Whakarewarewa Kapa haka performance
1pm: Matariki Kiwi storytelling
3pm: Event concludes

Other live performers will play on the stage throughout the day and roving acrobats will move around entertaining the crowds.

The shared kai is provided free for families to enjoy as they attend the event and take part in activities. A huge thanks to our sponsors: Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, Jasco’s, Anchor Milk, Rotorua Youth Centre, McCully Kites and Community Leisure Management, Whakarewarewa Living Māori Village, Smart Environmental and Horohoro School.

For more information on the Whānau Day please contact Kathy by email Kathy.nicholls@rotorualc.nz

Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as Pleiades. When Matariki reappears in our dawn skies, around June or July each year, it heralds the start of Te Tau Hou Māori – the Māori New Year.

Matariki is a time to gather with family and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future.

Rotorua is celebrating this special time, with a range of free events around the region. From family events to craft days, talks to musical performances, there’s a lot to love and learn about Matariki – visit the website for information about other events.

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