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Whangarei Library – Kānapanapa mai ana a Matariki

Matariki title card

For more information check the Whangarei Libraries website.

He wā whakarite kai a Matariki mō te Takurua. He tau hou Māori hoki. E hoki whakamua ana tātou ki ngā kohinga taonga a Ngā Taonga, arā he hauhake, he rokiroki kai, he hauhake kānga, kūmara hoki, he hī tuna, he whakarite tītī, hāngī hoki. I hopukina ēnei i waenga i ngā tau 1920 – 1960 mai i Te Tai Rāwhiti ki Awarua. I puorotia hoki ngā kiriata ngū.

Matariki is the traditional time for preparing food for long term storage over winter. It marks the traditional Māori new year. We’re taking a step back in time though our audio-visual collections. Included is harvesting and storage traditions of Aotearoa; from reaping maize to kūmara harvesting, from catching tuna to preparing tītī for storage and hāngī prep. Footage ranges from the 1920s to the 1960s, from Te Tai Rāwhiti (Gisborne) to Awarua (Bluff). The silent footage is accompanied by taonga puoro.

The programme was curated by Lawrence Wharerau. Taonga puoro provided by Dr Amber Aranui, Chrissie Locke and Shane James.