Cultivating the light of Matariki at Wintec

Wintec Māori Achievement Project Coordinator, Waimihi Hotere and Wintec Kaiāwhina, Horomona Horo greet each other with a hongi at a Wintec pōwhiri to welcome new students.
The seven pou whakarae (on the left) representing the Matariki star cluster (Pleiades) at Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa marae on Wintec’s Hamilton City campus.
Wintec’s Matariki festival, Horahia Matariki 2019, promises a cultural, colourful and engaging experience with a stellar lineup of 20 events to celebrate the Māori New Year.

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Wintec’s Matariki festival, Horahia Matariki 2019, promises a cultural, colourful and engaging experience with a stellar lineup of 20 events to celebrate the Māori New Year from 7 June – 28 July.

The events for students, staff and the wider community are connected by a theme ‘Cultivating the light of Matariki’. The festival includes film screenings, performance, a night shelter dinner and a welcome pōwhiri for new students. There is also a public light show, Te Ruru, developed by Wintec School of Media Arts tutors and students in Hamilton’s Garden Place.

Wintec Executive Director Māori, Hera White, says that celebrating Matariki is an important annual event at Wintec.

“Celebrating Matariki through these events, increases the visibility and understanding of Māori and Pasifika culture at Wintec across our diverse student, staff and community audience.

“This year we have created a new brand for our Matariki events. The name, Horahia is a reference to the seven pou whakarae (pillars)representing Matariki star cluster (Pleiades) displayed at Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa marae on Wintec’s Hamilton City campus.

“These pou have inspired an enduring brand to bring together Matariki events at Wintec that focus on themes of wellbeing, explore new thinking and celebrate art, design and culture. There are a mix of internal and free public events and we are looking forward to sharing these with a wider audience.” 

As the star cluster of the same name rises to launch the Māori New Year, Horahia Matariki 2019 will launch at dawn on Friday 7 June, at an event at Tōia Mai, the interactive Matariki sculpture gifted by Wintec, at the Ferrybank reserve on the banks of the Waikato River.

The wider Pasifika connection to Matariki is acknowledged with two screenings of the new Pasifika feature film, Vai. Vai is made by nine female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in seven different Pacific countries as well as Aotearoa / New Zealand). Vai has a special Wintec connection through Wintec’s Māori Achievement Project Coordinator, Waimihi Hotere who was involved in the making of the film.

A traditional fire ceremony at Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa marae at Wintec on Saturday 27 July will be the closing event for Horahia Matariki 2019.

In the Waikato, Matariki starts this year from 14 June – 28 July. Horahia Matariki 2019 started a week earlier on 7 June so that students can be involved before they left for their semester break on 14 June.

Further information: 

To enquire about Horahia Matariki 2019, email marae@wintec.ac.nz.

Contact details: 
For more information contact Wintec Communications Manager Louise Belay 027 210 4574 or louise.belay@wintec.ac.nz

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Wintec

25 Jun 2019