Matariki magic

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Queens Park lights up for Matariki. Photo: Shane Todd

FROM the heavens to the reflections in the duck pond, lights of all colours radiated, flickered and bounced around Queens Park at this year’s Matariki Festival in Invercargill.

A karakia (prayer) and waiata (singing) opened the festival, celebrating the Maori New Year.

Hundreds of people flooded through Feldwick Gates on Thursday evening, the beginning of the four-day festival, mesmerised by the diversity and changing lights.

“Tonight, enjoy your park,” the host said, as he officially opened proceedings.

Manu tukutuku (kites), made by children of all ages, were displayed among the trees, giving the impression of flying.

With the theme of Tiramarama (glimmering light), the star and light grotto near the rose gardens, which also showed the work of children who had taken part in Matariki workshops, was another highlight for many.

Among the entertainment was fire entertainer Adrian Buchanan, lighting up the night sky.

Artists John Wishart and Phil Newbury had some of their works on display, adding more interest to the crisp evening.

Photos: Janette Gellatly

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