Matariki contests open

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The Waikato District Libraries Matariki competition for young artists and poets opens on Monday, June 22.

Contestants who design a bookmark or write a poem about Matariki (Maaori New Year) are in to win a $100 gift voucher.   

Matariki or the starts also known as Pleiades or the Seven Sisters

Matariki is the Maaori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades, which rises in late May or early June in the Eastern sky. For many Maaori, it heralds the start of a new year and is a time of sharing and festivity. It is often a time when people reflect on personal goals.

“Matariki is a very special time of year, and people really enjoy celebrating it,” says Library Coordinator Cheryl Maskell. “We are now into our eighth year of running this competition, and it’s very popular. This year we are doing things a little different and all entries must be emailed.”  

The contest has three age-group categories – 5-9 years, 10-15 years and 16+. Each category has a prize of a $100 gift voucher. As well, a supreme winner will receive an additional $50 gift voucher and the Supreme Award trophy.

To enter the competition download the form here.

Or pick one up at any one of the district libraries or offices – Huntly, Meremere, Ngaruawahia, Raglan, Te Kauwhata, or Tuakau.

Entries will be accepted in Te Reo and English.

Entries close on Friday, July 17 and winners will be notified on Friday, July 24.

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