Matariki events begin

Tamahere School will celebrate Matariki, the Maori New Year, next week with students joining together in their hapu groups to prepare and enjoy food, some from the school’s own maara kai (vegetable garden).

Meanwhile, the Waikato District Council is supporting a variety of events across the district to mark Matariki, between June 25 and July 3.

The largest is the seventh Matariki Festival hosted by Te Whare Toi o Ngaruawahia – Twin Rivers Community Art Centre.

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Stars align at market

Tamahere’s part in a district-wide celebration of Matariki will be played out at Saturday’s Tamahere Market.

Matariki, or the Maori New Year, is being celebrated with a range of activities throughout the Waikato and will be especially warming at the June 15 market where a serving of hangi food will mark the occasion.

Also adding to the new faces at the market will be a new stall offering cupcakes and another with chocolate.

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