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Matariki afternoon tea
June 21, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The winter season has arrived and so has Matariki – the time of the Māori New Year. Matariki is the Maori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-Winter (May-June), east-northeast before sunrise & heralds the start of Maori new year. Traditionally, Matariki was a time to remember those who had died in the last year. But it was also a happy event—crops & gardens harvested & seafood & birds collected. With plenty of food in the storehouses, Matariki was a time for singing, dancing & feasting. Officially the shortest day, the 21st June coincides with the Māori New Year as a day to celebrate but it is celebrated over a period of time when Matariki can be clearly seen in the night sky.
You are warmly invited to an afternoon tea at WEC from 1-3pm next Wednesday the 21st of June to celebrate Matariki and acknowledge the change in season and coming growth (in our environment and within WEC). Ngaronoa Renata has kindly offered to teach us a waiata and you’ll each receive a gift of garlic, donated by Liz Stanway, to take home.
Timebank credits available for any keen bakers.