Event

Matariki on the Waterfront

This is part of the #NZBloggers #BlogGreatness challenge: Matariki!

 

Sometimes, it’s surprising to think that I’ve been in New Zealand for more than half my life.

 

I can sing the national anthem…

And recognise a handful of Kiwi / Maori icons…

But in hindsight, I really did not engage with the local culture and Maori history at all until entering my current company.

 

This year, I somehow ended up joining the company’s Cultural Group – a social group in my company where we sing songs from different cultures. Thus far, we’ve only got Maori and other pacific island songs. The girls that lead this group have asked me to bring in some cultural songs from China… but honestly… what Chinese song is culturally rich, and filled with historical significance? (none that I know of ._.)

 

Anyway, because of the cultural group, I’m quite involved in things like pounamu blessing, singing for speeches, matariki festival, and Maori language week (in two weeks time). It’s been a lot of fun, and I finally understand a little more about the culture that’s so stressed in speech, but rarely pushed to the extent it should have been in school.

 

Last night, the bf and I went to Matariki on the Waterfront. I’m not sure if this event has happened in past years, but this is the first year that I have been.

 

Naturally, we made a beeline for the food, and managed to polish off some brownies (no photos as they didn’t look all that exciting) and a liege waffle.

 

Liege waffle from Waffle Supreme
Liege waffle from Waffle Supreme w. extremely bad lighting

 

I had been craving liege waffles for so long that I forgot I craved them ==

 

The event also had a range of activities like:

 

Stargazing and visual audio displays
Stargazing and visual audio displays

 

I wonder if this guy could actually get a photo through the telescope....
I wonder if this guy could actually get a photo through the telescope….

 

Glow-in-the-dark activities…

 

Coloring in sheets! Where the bf (and then myself) wrote stupid crap haha /sigh
Coloring in sheets! Where the bf (and then myself) wrote stupid crap haha /sigh

 

Table tennis!
Table tennis!

 

I love how much of a family event this is. Cute vibes. Very cute and fluffy and warm vibes.
I love how much of a family event this is. Cute vibes. Very fluffy and warm vibes.

 

And in Silo 6,

 

Kauri conservation displays
Kauri conservation displays

 

Artwork
Artwork (wow that was terrible photography on my part…)
Kauri carving, but they also told stories
Kauri carving, but the carvers also told stories about their ancestry and the piece they were working on, and about the effects of Kauri dieback disease

 

Overall, I was hoping that the event would have more Maori food stalls (there was only one) and indigenous food options, but the activities that were coordinated were pretty cool.

 

Hopefully, Matariki on the Waterfront will be bigger and better next year! ^^