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The largest indigenous celebration is currently in full swing across New Zealand. Matariki marks the mid-winter rising of a cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades, heralding the start of a new year in M?ori culture.
To top off a month’s worth of celebrations, Auckland’s waterfront will be abuzz with entertainment and activities for an entire weekend. The fourth Matariki on the Waterfront festival is set to kick off on Friday 17 July with Art & Sound. From 5pm until late, the multi-purpose Silo Park space will be transformed with moving image and light exhibitions from a collection of light and projection based artists. Traditional M?ori art activities will also take place around the space including live ta mojo tattooing, toi whakairo carving and an exhibition of Maori artwork in Silo 6. The regular gathering of food trucks will also be on hand to keep attendees charging through the night.
More than 50 stallholders will be on-site the days following, for what is being boasted as the biggest Silo Park market ever. There will a focus on M?ori traders and their goods.