Matariki, the Māori New Year, is a special time when people, whānau, and communities come together to commemorate the past year, celebrate the present, and make plans for the upcoming year. It is a time for honouring the memories of our loved ones who are no longer with us, indulging in feasts and festivities with relatives and friends, and looking ahead with hope.
Last week, we all gathered at the Matariki exhibition held at Te Papa to take some time to reflect on those three things. We took a moment to pause and reflect upon our aspirations, hopes, and dreams, not just for ourselves but also for our whānau, our hapori and te taiao.
We were delighted to see that the exhibition was brought to life with the work of Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho! Ka rawe, Huriana!