Pō Matariki 2022
On Wednesday 29th June, the Māori Faculty hosted its first Pō Matariki. The night started with acknowledging loved ones that had recently passed on, with a moving presentation supported by our kapa haka group performing their waiata tangi.
The students of Te Whare Āhuru (bilingual summit) and Taiohi Tātaki (kapa haka) were the shining stars of the night, expertly leading a variety of activities for our guests. Guests made their way around 5 stations consisting of, hauōra (health), rongoā (Māori medicine), poi, mātauranga o ngā whetū (Knowledge of the stars) and waiata (“Matariki, e ara e”).
Some of the activities were Poi, Star Making, Rongoā, Maramataka, Kūmara Growing, Waiata, Kids Colouring Competitions, and many more. We were also grateful to have the support of the Massey Kai Village sharing their mahi on the night.
On entry, guests were given a whetū to place on the Matariki display with theirs hopes and dreams for the year to come written on them.
Hāngi was in hot demand and we managed to put on a hākari for our whānau with 360 hāngi packs being cooked in our permanent hāngi pit at school.
To top the night off, we were all blessed with a performance by Taiohi Tātaki, showcasing their talents to conclude the event.
“Mā whero, mā Pango, ka oti te mahi” - “With each persons contribution, the vision can be achieved”
Mānawatia a Matariki!