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Matariki Online Competition 2022

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Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori!

Congratulations to our 2022 Matariki Library Competition winners: Hafi Rehman, Deacon Coombe, Maria Tarapata, Ally Escott, Piko Rose Katipa, and Valentine Venimore. Each winner will receive a $100 voucher and certificate.

Valentine is our Supreme Award winner, chosen by Mayor Allan Sanson.

Valentine will also receive the Matariki trophy for the year and another $50 voucher.Congratulations to Glen Massey School who are the lucky winners of our school draw.They will be receiving $300 worth of new books for their school.The winning poems will be displayed at all of our libraries and the winning T-shirts will be made for the winners to receive.Thanks to everyone who entered this year.

We had a over 250 entries from our community, including entries from 19 schools from around our district. There’s so much talent in our district and you should all be very proud of yourselves.

  • T-shirt 0-9 Deacon Coombe
  • T-shirt 10-17 Ally Escott
  • T-shirt 18+ Piko Rose Katipa
  • Poem 0-9 Hafi Rehman
  • Poem 10-17 Maria Tarapata
  • Poem 18+ Valentine Venimore

The lucky winners have been notified.

What is Matariki?

Matariki is the Maaori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in late May or early June in the Eastern sky. For many Maaori, it signals the start of a new year.

Matariki, in te reo, means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki).

In ancient times, this was the end of harvest and was a time of plenty for Maaori, a time of sharing and celebration.

For many, Matariki is seen as a good time to reflect on personal goals: Where am I? Where do I want to be? What’s it going to take for me to get there?

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