Setting sail for Matariki festival

North Invercargill Inner Wheel Club members with their sails they made during the first of several Matariki workshops last Saturday.

IN the build-up to this year’s Matariki festival, a local artist is hosting workshops for people to partake in the creation of art pieces for display among the lights.

Murihiku Matariki member Sharne Parkinson held the first workshop on Saturday, where
attendees created sails which would be suspended, along with lights, from trees in Invercargill’s Queens Park during the festival.

‘‘It was really cool. Those guys really got into it, and what they ended up creating was really meaningful to them, which is what we were trying to achieve really.’’

Matariki Festival in Queens Park
The Matariki Karakia Timatanga will take place on Friday, June 24, followed by five nights of festivities until Tuesday, June 28.

‘‘What people can expect from this year’s festival are things like local music, kapa haka, traditional Maori instruments, lots of kai, entertainment, fire dancers, arts big and small,
the story of Matariki, lights and beautiful soundtracks,’’ Ms Parkinson said.

It will also be a smokefree event.

Ms Parkinson will be hosting ahi rakau (fire stick) sessions from 3.30pm on Thursday, June 9, Monday, June 13, and Tuesday, June 21.

She will also be hosting two-hour community art installation sessions for string pou on
Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 10.

‘‘It’s a really good opportunity for people to come along and learn something they maybe
didn’t know about Maori culture or about the Matariki constellation and the stars themselves.’’

Volunteers will also be needed for all five nights of Matariki.

Anyone who wished to volunteer or attend one of the workshops could phone Ms Parkinson on 021 116 7565.