Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars that rises in mid-winter and heralds the start of the indigenous New Year. It was officially celebrated in Aotearoa New Zealand as a public holiday on Friday 24 Piripi (June).
You can view the full Whakanuia Te Kāhui o Matariki online hui here. It includes an explanation of the background and meaning of Matariki and Te Umu Kohukohu Whetū ceremony which formed a central part of Matariki celebrations across the motu this year.
During this webinar the presenters also shared their hopes for the future of the indigenous public holiday.
Hundreds of network kaimahi joined the presentation, which was hosted by Julian Wilcox. Feedback has been really positive with many saying they felt grateful and privileged for the opportunity.
According to one kaimahi: “This is an absolute amazing moment in time and history … upholding our mātauranga and embracing our knowledge. Thank you all for leading the way.”
Another commented, “It was one of the best webinars I’ve ever attended. Learned loads and am still thinking about some of the kōrero. Thank you.”
Whakanuia Te Kāhui o Matariki complemented a range of Matariki events which are being organised by local teams at different locations throughout the network.