Te Papa ready for the great Matariki

Adam Gifford

Arapata Hakiwai – Te Papa ready for the great Matariki

Funding of roles:

The halls of Te Papa Tongarewa echoed with karakia and waiata from the early hours of this morning during a rehearsal for the first official Matariki holiday.

The halls of Te Papa Tongarewa echoed with karakia and waiata from the early hours of this morning during a rehearsal for the first official Matariki holiday.

Tomorrow’s pre-dawn hautapu ceremony will be part of a five-hour broadcast by all major broadcasters and online at matariki.net.nz.

It will also include panel discussions and an address by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The Kaihautu Arapata Hakiwai Museum says the festival affirms the mana and integrity of the Maori matauranga and matauranga a iwi.

He says it will be a great day for the nation.

“I’m sure we’re going to be richer for it in the sense of our identity, in the sense of our relationship with the whenua, our relationship with each other. I think as a country we are going to be stronger because of this. I think it will bring us closer together and I think it will (bring) a renewed understanding and respect for our relationship with the taiao,” says Dr Hakiwai.

He expects huge demand in the coming years for resources and wananga around Matariki, and Te Papa has worked with experts like Rangi Mataamua to prepare this material.


Comments are closed.