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Puanga / Matariki and Traditional Maori Games

by Tae Allison  

In celebration of  Puanga / Matariki  - the Maori New Year, two fun filled days of Traditional Maori Games are planned over the 18th and 19th of June.  The first will be held in Hawera by Dr Ihirangi Heke, sports pyshologist. Participants can expect a wide range of both physical,  mental, indoor and outdoor games.

The second day at Puke Ariki Museum, a free two hour workshop will be held to celebrate the new season. Weather permitting, Ki-o-rahi, traditional Maori ball games, will be played outside between 1pm- 3pm.

Both days are free, but  require registration by 15th June.

To register contact Leanne Matuku at Sport Taranaki.

Telephone 06 759 0930 or Freephone 0800 228 483


Learn about Matariki, Puanga and the stars with this fun online game   www.tki.org.nz/r/wick_ed/matariki/index.php


From June 7th, Nga whetu Maumahara will be displayed at the entrance of Puke Ariki.  Anyone can add a star to the display. Each star represents a person who has passed on in the past year and will not see the Puanga star rise again. Stars are  provided or bring your own to celebrate the life of a loved one passed.

Also from the 7th, Nga rourou - a tradition of giving food to those in need, shall be used to help community groups like Women's Refuge and Foodbank New Plymouth. Food baskets for donations can be found alongside Nga whetu Maumahara .

For more Puanga /Matariki information and activites, visit  www.tihi.co.nz/puanga-kai-rau-festival/home-2.html

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