Rich lore of Matariki explored

Sue Heke Sue Heke is the Rotorua Library adult learning programmes and promotions co-ordinator.





This week has been all about Matariki at the library for the children’s regular preschool programmes and a display that showcases Matariki books and tailor-made activities the children can take home. Each day at 10.30am and 2pm, the library is screening, Matariki Hunga Nui – Matariki of Many People to celebrate the first official Matariki holiday. This special video compilation put together by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision pays tribute to Māori broadcasters of the past, and also provides an introduction to some of the rich lore around Matariki, our newest public holiday. Matariki Tauira-students of Matariki begins on Saturday, June 25. Last year, each participant gave a short presentation on a star belonging to the Matariki cluster. This year, other stars within the Matariki whānau have been chosen and we’re looking forward to learning about these ones too. The 15-minute talks are held each day at 12.15pm. While visiting the library, take the time to see He Tirohanga Mai I Ngā Whetū -View from the Stars exhibition on the second floor. Go to our blog for more information at www. For Matariki resources, search our online catalogue at www. or come and ask us at the library. ■