Thu 23 Jun 2016

WITT Celebrates Matariki / Puanga

Each year around June, the stars of Matariki and Puanga signal the end of one year in Aotearoa and the start of the next. The Māori new year is marked by the rise of Matariki and the sighting of the next new moon.

In parts of Taranaki the Māori new year is marked by the rise of Puanga.  'Puanga’ is also known as Rigel and appears in the north eastern horizon in late May or early June.

Today Puanga, Matariki and the Māori New Year are a way of paying respect to and celebrating the unique place and land on which we live.

Te Kura Matatini o Taranaki WITT have food, culture and more food with events running through the lunch breaks from 12 – 1pm.

Nau Mai haere mai !!

MONDAY 27th - Guitar jam and sing along - Te Pihipihinga kakano mai Rangiatea – Waiata mai
Come and join in!!  Learn a new action.  You can join the front row or the back. The kura kaupapa Māori are coming to WITT. They will be performing the top 5 Taranaki waiata on the ātea out front of Te Pīere o te rangi.  Bring your lunch, your singing voice or just your taringa to listen and your ringaringa to clap along.
Location - Te Pīere o te rangi

TUESDAY 28th - Soup and scarf day - Te wā o te makariri – when the cold weather sets in
The annual Soup and Scarf day is on Tuesday 28th June. Come and gather in Te Pīere o te rangi for free delicious homemade hot soup and warm scarves – PLUS someone will win a DOWN JACKET!

Location - Te Pīere o te rangi

WEDNESDAY 29th - Junk Free June – Kai pai good kai
Another cooking demonstration in the cafeteria!  Come along and learn how to prepare fast, healthy, cheap meals with a Puanga twist.  In celebration of the Māori New Year food will be harvested from the WITT Māra garden for us to share and enjoy. 
Location - Cafe mezzanine

THURSDAY 30th - Build your knowledge - Puanga kai rau wānanga
Have you always wanted to know more about Matariki Puanga the Maori New Year?  Come and enjoy a boil up lunch and a learn some basic knowledge around this significant time of the year – Te Ingo Ngaia will be providing us with an insight into the rising of Puanga and its relevance to us here in Taranaki.
Location - Te Pīere o te rangi

 FRIDAY 1st - Hāngī Friday 
Te Wānanga Māori at WITT are putting on a Hāngī - not the dig a hole type but a Hāngī prepared on site in a keg.  Lunch will be ready at 12pm in Te Pīere o te rangi.  The preparing of veges will take place on Thursday afternoon.  If you would like to be a part of the prep and cooking contact 
Location - Te Pīere o te rangi

Nau mai haere mai!!