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15° & RAINY ON TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER IN AUCKLAND
By Kate Powell
June 18, 2019
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Matariki Dawn Ceremony

Herald in the new year with a dawn karakia at Auckland Domain.
By Kate Powell
June 18, 2019
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In Te Ao Māori, the Taurus constellation that appears on frosty mid-winter nights in the Southern Hemisphere is named Matariki. It translates to "eyes of god" and relates back to a Māori creation legend. When Ranginui (the sky father) and Papatuanuku (earth mother) were separated by their children, Tawhirimatea (the god of wind) was so perturbed that he gouged out his eyes, throwing them to the heavens where they have twinkled ever since.

Traditionally, its rising in the night sky marks the beginning of the Māori New Year. Like new years around the world, it was a time to give thanks for bountiful crops, to reflect on the year that was and to celebrate the potential of the new.

To herald in the new year, Auckland Council and iwi mannaki Waikato-Tainui are hosting a Matariki Dawn Karakia at the Pukekawa in Auckland Domain. The ceremony weaves karakia (prayers) waiata (songs) and kotahitanga (unity). Following the blessing, light breakfast and entertainment will be provided along with the opportunity to learn more about the host iwi. Auckland Council are advising that attendees wrap up warm and that good mobility is required for an uphill walk. A full program is available on the Matariki website.

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