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NorthTec will celebrate Matariki this year with a series of events including a marae cook-off, a ki-o-rahi sports tournament and a children’s art exhibition.
Starting this Saturday (18 June), the events will kick off at the Whānau Festival at Whangarei’s Town Basin. NorthTec will have two food stalls – one run by hospitality students, making and selling delicious finger food, and the other a NorthTec-sponsored Marae Kai Cook-off.
Representatives from three marae will devise a recipe and perform a 15-minute “kai demo”, showing off their cooking techniques and handing out recipe sheets. The demonstrations will take place at 12.30pm (Matawaia Marae), 1.30pm (Moria Marae) and 2.30pm (Ngaratunua Marae). Both Matawaia and Moria marae were successful in the Māori TV series, Marae Kai Masters.
Next week there will be a series of events at NorthTec’s Raumanga campus, bringing the Māori New Year celebrations closer to home.
On Monday (20 June), starting at 9.30am, teams will take part in a knockout ki-o-rahi challenge, with the winners at this traditional Māori game taking on the Taniwha – a team made up of Northland Rugby Union players. The grand final will take place at 12 noon.
Also on Monday will be the grand opening of the Tamariki Art Exhibition, with children aged under 12 submitting their Matariki-themed art works for display in the Whare Kai. All the budding artists will also price their works for sale at the exhibition.
On Tuesday (21 June) at 10am, invited guests Rueben Taipari and Aroha Shelford will talk about sustainable living and links to the Māori lunar calendar at the Maramataka and our Whenua event, at the Raumanga campus marae complex. Rueben Taipari, a well-known Te Tai Tokerau environmentalist, will share his journey in establishing sustainable housing in the Far North, and will also speak about exciting housing initiatives being implemented across the Far North.
Aroha Shelford, from Mangakahia-based hapū, Ngāti Te Rino, will talk about plans for a new Papakainga housing development, which will enable residents to live sustainably on their land.
The final event will take place on Thursday (23 June), beginning with a pōwhiri at 9.30am and focusing on boosting Maori health and wellbeing. There will be three speakers who have all completed study on the subject at PhD level.
Dr Lily George, Senior Research Officer at Massey University in Albany, will present parts of her research examining Māori women and incarceration, youth suicide in Te Tai Tokerau, and the effects of intergenerational trauma.
Physiotherapist, Ricky Bell, will discuss his studies into the different approaches to dealing with obesity in Māori. The third speaker will be Dr Mataroria Lyndon, a clinician who has researched medical students’ motivations for becoming doctors, their well-being during medical school, and their academic achievement, with a particular focus on Māori students.
Huhana Lyndon, NorthTec’s Director Learner Support, said: “Matariki is a time for bringing people together and looking ahead. We welcome students, staff and members of the public to all our Matariki events and we hope there will be something of interest to everyone.”