As we approach the end of Matariki, I highlight the upcoming events for the 2012 Festival across Tamaki Makaurau. I know I’ve been keeping your schedules very busy and updated lately… but remember Matariki is a time of celebration! So, there’s no reason to sit at home with so much great stuff still going on for the festival.
To get an idea of how packed this festival is, I had planned to outline for you the remaining events. Silly me…as that would mean pages of writing instead here is the link of the upcoming events. Also take note of a sweeeet little icon on the right next to the events that read FREE. I’m sure you’ll see that it occurs often! That is how great this year’s Matariki Festival is!
With all the world’s interest in last years Rugby World Cup, if you visited Eden Park, you couldn’t miss the amazing tekoteko, three demensional Māori carvings standing guard at the various entrances.
They are the work of master caver and moko artist Arekatera Maihi, also known as Katz. Of Ngati Whatua descent, Katz is the 100th graduate of the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua – Te Puia. He was invited to carve the four tekoteko leading to the start of the Rugby World Cup 2011.
The video explains the making of the tekoteko and the story behind them.
Katz’s inspiration came from the story of Rangi, the sky father, and Papatuanuku, the earth mother, whose children separated used four pillars to separate them and keep them apart.
Rangi and Papa had many children who were Atua Maori, or Maori gods. Katz chose four Atua – one to stand at each entrance – to represent Maori from east, west, south and north of New Zealand, and to honour Eden Park in its function as an international sporting arena.
For people coming to New Zealand, to Aotearoa, to visit, we couldn’t have done this any better. We’ve produced big, massive carvings for them to look at – they’re definitely going to know they’re here.