Nā Victoria Campbell
Tākina mai rā te huihuika o Matariki, o Puaka, o Tautoru, o Takurua. Ko Puaka ki ruka hai tohu o te wā, kia rite ai kā tākata. Kia whakakau ake a Matariki ka pānuitia ia whetū e taea ai te matapae i te tau e tū mai nei. He wā hoki kia poroporoaki ai te huka mate o te tau ka huri.
Kua kohia kā tipu kia tāpaea ki a Matariki. Ko te manaaki, ko te atawhai i te taiao ētahi kaupapa nui mō te whakanui i a Matariki kia whakamanawatia te whenua me te wai. Tērā a Waitī, a Waitā, a Waipuna-ā-raki, a Tupuāraki, a Tupuānuku, a Ururaki, kia mahara hoki tātou ki te tiaki i te ao tūroa, mō tātou ā mō kā uri ā muri ake nei. Tērā hoki a Hiwaiteraki hai awhero o kā wawata.
Horahia nuitia mai kā hua tuawhiti mātinitini o te tau.
For centuries, people across the world have observed the rising and setting of stars as indicators of seasonal change and prosperity. In Aotearoa New Zealand the helical rising of the constellations Matariki (Pleiades) and Tautoru (Orion), and the stars Puaka (Rigel) and Takurua (Sirius), represents this transformation. When Puaka is suspended above here in the South, we know it is time to prepare for the cyclical adjustment. When Matariki rises, an insight can be acquired into the season ahead. It is also a time of reflection and to farewell those who have passed on. Pōhutukawa (Sterope) is the star that reminds us of our treasured ones that have gone.
Matariki signifies our connection to the environment and our food resources. Traditionally, food was cooked and offered to the star cluster, reminding us to respect and care for the natural world, so that future generations may enjoy the same quality of life we cherish. The stars of Matariki hold dominion over particular areas of our environment: Waitī (Maia) – fresh water, Waitā (Taygeta) – the sea, Waipuna-ā-raki (Electra) – the rain, Tupuānuku (Pleione) – everything that grows within soil, Ururaki (Merope) – the winds. There is also Hiwaiteraki (Calæno), the star associated with granting our wishes and realising our aspirations for the coming year.
Let us be favoured by the multitude of immense opportunities.
In Ōtepoti Dunedin we celebrate Puaka Matariki, the Māori New Year, through a diverse citywide programme of community events. Puaka Matariki is the time when we come together to share stories, pass on knowledge and learning, remember the dear departed, and plan for the year ahead. Communities will gather to celebrate the season at shared feasts, fun and educational programmes will be presented by public institutions such as our Museums and Art Galleries and our environmental groups, and we will also celebrate Puaka Matariki through a wide range of Toi Māori visual arts happenings, literary works, music and dance performance events.
In 2018, the Dunedin Puaka Matariki Festival will be celebrated from Friday 6 to Sunday 22 July.
This coincides with the midyear school holidays, and the New Zealand International Science Festival, so you can expect to see a galaxy of family-friendly, mātauraka Māori, and collaborative art-science events.
Join us in celebrating the midwinter season of wānaka (learning) and whanaukataka (community spirit). Nau mai, tautimai – everyone is welcome!
Puaka Matariki Festival Contestable Funding
You or your roopū can register to be part of the Festival. You can also apply for funding to help hold your event, gathering or activity. Events or activities being undertaken during the 6–22 July 2018 period will be given priority for grant funding. We look forward to receiving your registration or funding application.
Event registrations and funding applications close at 5pm, Friday 20 April 2018. Event organisers will be advised if they have received funding by Friday 11 May 2018.
The Puaka Matariki Festival Steering Roopū
Who are we?
The Puaka Matariki Steering Roopū is a group of volunteers who take a kaitiaki role to support the Puaka Matariki Festival. We are not paid and we do not represent any one group, though individually we belong to many other community groups. Our group has an open door policy so anyone can be part of it. We meet about once a month while the festival is taking place.
What is our purpose?
Our purpose is to tautoko Puaka Matariki events by providing helpful information and support when appropriate and when invited to do so. Some of ways we can help is to advise about funding applications to the Dunedin City Council (DCC) and other organisations such as Creative New Zealand, act as a ‘sounding board’ for new event ideas, and help make links between the different events.
We also provide advice and support to the Puaka Matariki Coordinator and DCC staff involved in organising the Festival.
How did the Puaka Matariki Steering Roopū come about?
There have been many volunteers in this roopū over the past years, all in support of the original aim: to assist individual events to secure funding. We also presented a paper to the DCC annual plan (over 3 years) that strongly supported the funding of Puaka Matariki Events.
In 2008/2009 the DCC agreed to fund a coordinator and put some funds aside specifically for Puaka Matariki events. This was the start of the structure that we see today. We have had four coordinators to date, namely Reitu Cassidy (2009), Gina Huakau (2010/11), Josh Thomas (2012/13), and Antony Deaker (2014/15/16).
If you have any questions about the 2018 Puaka Matariki Festival, please contact the current Festival Coordinator, Vicki Lenihan at email@example.com