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​Ko Puanga te whetū i ārahi i ā Matariki ki te Tau Hou (Puanga is the star that guides Matariki to the New Year).

Puanga and Matariki is a time to encourage whanaungatanga, share stories and kai. It also marks the beginning of the Māori New Year which traditionally was time to plant trees, prepare the lands for planting crops and more importantly renew links with whanau and friends.

This year's Puanga and Matariki celebrations promise to be smaller and fewer in number because of the Covid-19 interruption to planning, but they will still be meaningful for those who attend.

Matariki Community Planting Days

Matariki Community Planting Days will be held:

Saturday 27 June, Saturday 11 and Saturday 25 July
10am – 12noon
Parihaka mountain bike carpark, Abbey Caves Road (400m from Whareora Road)
Covered-in shoes or gumboots are essential. BYO spade

It will be followed by a light lunch.

All members of our community are invited to mark this special time of year, plant native trees and share stories on Maunga Parihaka.

Please dress for the weather by bringing a coat, covered-in shoes or gumboots and your own spade. Everything else will be provided for you onsite including water and sunscreen.

Access to the site is via the Whareora Road end of Abbey Caves Road.

There will be signage and plenty of parking onsite. To ensure people of every ability can take part, people with accessibility requirements are asked to contact event organisers ahead of time.

To show respect for the environment, the planting days will be zero-waste events so recycling and organic bins will be provided onsite.

Matariki Community Planting Days are also smoke free and vape free.

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