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Matariki Celebration: 6th & 7th July

Celebrating Matariki, the Māori New Year, has become increasingly popular in recent years as many New Zealanders develop a deeper connection to Te Ao Māori me ōna tikanga.

This year Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School hosted a weekend to celebrate Matariki on Saturday 6th and Sunday the 7th July, offering people the opportunity to gather together on an overnight community experience to celebrate, learn and share what is unique and special about this time of the year. 


Saturday 6th July 2013

Powhiri/Cup of Tea/Cake


Set up beds, Showers

Kōrero a Rohe            


Sunday 7th July 2013


Clean out hall

Morning Workshop Session 10am-12pm


Afternoon Workshop Session 1-3pm



The powhiri, and kōrero a rohe will take place Saturday - there will be two talks - Māori History of the Local Area and the Matariki Story.

On Sunday a variety of workshops will be offered for all.  A crèche will also be available, so the whole family can participate in workshops.



2 hour workshop sessions, morning (10am-12pm) and afternoon (1-3pm) include:


  • Rāranga - Traditional art of flax weaving with Jasmine Gray

Suitable for those with some or no weaving experience. All materials provided. Children under 12 years will need to attend with an adult to help with techniques where needed.


  • Te Reo Māori with Sarah Cotter (morning only)

A basic introduction to understanding and speaking Te Reo Maori covering; Whakahuahua (pronounciation); Kupu Ahua (describing words); Nga Ra o te wiki (days of the week); Te Tatau (counting); ask and answer questions regarding wellbeing and learn several waiata (songs)


  • Clay Taniwha - sculpture with Sylvie Souchon

These spirits of Māori legend usually live in water and take on mostly animal forms.They can be seen as Kaitiaki ( guardians ) or as evil monsters. We will explore what this means for us doing a guided visualisation in story form, followed by creating our own good & evil Taniwha. Suitable for age 7 years +.


  • Manu Aute (kite) making with Laela Carmichael (morning only)

Making kites using natural materials such as bamboo, sticks, toitoi, raupo and harakeke. Other materials like newspaper and wool will be used for the younger tamariki. Manu aute were used as a symbol for the beginning of Matariki when the pleiades became visible in the night sky. Please bring: scissors, wool, cellotape. Suitable for age 5 years +.


  • Rongoa - Traditional Māori medicine with Hone Ratana

Workshop includes herbal medicine made from plants ad physical techniques like Massage  and Spiritual Healing. All materials provided.


  • Hakinakina  Māori - with Tania Stanley (afternoon only)

Traditional Māori Games including Mau Rakau (traditional martial arts), Mūtorere (Checkers), Waewae Nuku, Āhei, Porotaka, Kōruru. Bring comfortable clothes to run around in. Suitable for age 5 years +.


  • Back to the Source: Hoki ki nga Waiora Conversations with Water with Caroline Robinson (morning only)

Ka mihi ahau ki i a koutou ki te kaupapa o Hoki ki nga Waiora.

Haere mai, piki mai, tena koutou katoa.

Back to the source: hoki ki nga waiora is a conversation between people and water. Through stories and play, we will explore the ordinariness and powerful simplicity of our relationship with water.

Water is our primordial ancestor, alive within our bodies and linking us back into the source of all life. We will focus on our direct experiences, the way we communicate with the physical world. We will explore how a powerful relationship water can influence how we live our lives, in the most practical, ordinary and extraordinary ways.

What can we learn from water about creating conditions for health and wellbeing?

Please bring a small jar or bottle of water, collected from your home, or a place with which you feel a strong connection.


  • Matariki transparency with Sam Dickenson

Transparencies are small pictures made from coloured wax paper. They can be put in the window or can look magical with a candle behind as part of a table display. During the workshop the Matariki story of Tamarereiti will be told as each participant makes a transparency picture based on the story. Workshop is suitable for school aged children (6 years+) and adults. Under 10 year olds accompanied by an adult as there is some cutting with craft knives involved please. Morning session only.


Romiromi clinic

A Romiromi clinic with Lui Perez and Tracey Te Paa will be available all day - traditional Maori Massage Technique -  deep tissue manipulation, energy balancing, sports therapy and body alignment.


Kārani Ma Bake Challenge

The bake challenge is open to all. 

There are fruit, vegetable, decadent, and health (i.e. dairy free, gluten free….) catergories.

Judged by invited guests.  

Cakes to be delivered on the Sunday by 10am. Judging at 11am and winners announced at lunch time


There will be stalls, food stalls including mussel fritters and vegetarian soup and a Hangi with Steamed Pudding for purchase at lunch time.  The day concludes with a Karakia. 

The event takes place at Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School, 5 Helios Place (off Laingholm Dr), Titirangi.

Pre-registration is encouraged for the Workshops, Creche, Overnight Experience, Dinner and Hangi.  Bookings and further programme details available here soon.

Final registration for workshops is 9.30am on the day.  The official welcome is at 3.30pm 6th July and Workshops commence at 10am Sunday the 7th July.




7th July                       Early bird:       Adult $10.00 – Children up 12yrs $5.00

                                    Standard:       Adult $15.00 – Children up to 12yrs $10.00

                                    Fullday:          Adult $25.00 – Children up to 12yrs $12.00



Playgroup        Children up to 3yrs

Nursery           Children 4yrs and older

$10.00 plus a piece of fruit



6th July               School family              $10.00

                           Non School                $20.00


Saturday Dinner        $10.00                        

Hangi                         $15.00


Whanau Package       2xAdult / 2xChildren                   $60.00

Includes Overnight stay, 4 x Dinner and 4 x Workshop