Malvern meets Matariki#

by Mike Isle

For the second year in a row, Malvern has formally celebrated Matariki — the Maori new year.

Kelly Maude, Two Rivers Community Trust’s events coordinator, who helped organise the celebration commented on one of the highlights of the event, a kapa haka performed by local children.

“It was such a joy to see our tamariki perform kapa haka with such passion. Kapa haka instructor Matua Anton does a truly fantastic job with all the primary schools in Malvern. The artwork was stunning, and added vibrancy to the atmosphere. We have such incredible talent in our community and the kaiako (teachers) do a superb job of nurturing the creative best in their learners.

There has been such a richness in learning around Matariki and tikanga Maori.

“Another highlight for me was seeing our tamariki taking the lead in learning from the super cute young kapa haka leader, Marlie McCaughan of Kirwee Model School, to the powerful haka leading from Riley Smith of Darfield Primary School and Sonny-Bill McAndrew of Glentunnel School. It was such a delight to watch parents sitting with their tamariki learning how to weave a harakeke (flax) putiputi (flower), make a bookmark, origami or woven wool star together. There were also lovely conversations about gardening with seeds being given away from Nourish in origami envelopes,” Maude said.

The event also included a hangi, with a plentiful selection of pork, beef, lamb and chicken cooked in a kai cooker, served in ciabatta rolls with salads. Hot fruit crumbles, hot chocolates, and smoothies made on the popular smoothie bikes were also enjoyed.

Two Rivers Community Trust would like to thank all the many contributors, schools and preschools, and volunteers that enable this event to happen.