Matariki: Māori New Year

What is Matariki? 1 The 9 Stars of Matariki 2 When is Matariki? 3 How is Matariki celebrated? 4 Why is Matariki celebrated? 5 Matariki What is Matariki? The 9 Stars Of Matariki Māori Latin Gender Provenance Matariki Alcyone Female Well-being and health Tupu-ā-rangi Atlas Male Food that comes from above Tupu-ā-nuku Pleione Female Food … Read more

Becoming Māori: Pare Watene

It is mid-morning on my second day in Auckland (Tāmaki Makaurau), a city that I know little of. It’s the capital of a country that I have never visited, and yet, is the homeland of my ancestors. After a long, restless night in the CBD, punctuated with sirens and homeless people screaming at each other … Read more

Becoming Māori: Nga Tūpuna Wahine

Do you know what is even more terrifying than nga tupuna wahine? Robyn. I went to a whenua workshop this morning run by Kauae Raro, a collective of female artists who work with and promote natural colours and dyes.  Standing in the circle and introducing ourselves and our whakapapa – the tears almost flow again. … Read more