Rich history of Maori delights audience

Rich history of Maori delights audience

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Moana group perform the Haka

Hakas, traditional songs and dances and a delicious hangi were highlights of the first City of Gosnells event to celebrate Maori culture and people.

Te Iwa O Matariki Lights Up Gosnells provided the perfect opportunity for the local community to come together to celebrate the ancient Maori culture of friends and neighbours from New Zealand.

(left to right) Performers Shelly Sharp, Ripeka Hitaua, Josephine Matthews, Hannah Whareaitu.

Gosnells mayor Terresa Lynes said Matariki was a significant occasion on the New Zealand calendar, marking the beginning of the Maori New Year and the reappearance of the Matariki cluster of stars in the night sky.

“This is an event that reflects the spirit of unity and celebration, and it’s a time to reflect on the past year, to celebrate the present and plan for the year ahead,” Ms Lynes said.

“This event celebrated the richness of Maori history and traditions through entertainment and storytelling.

“Events like Matariki help to strengthen our understanding and appreciation of Indigenous cultures, fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion in our community.”

New Zealand food was popular at Te Iwa O Matariki Lights Up Gosnells.

Twinkling overhead lights brightened Gosnells Town Square during the performances, with the mayor’s speech translated into Maori, children invited to participate in a traditional dance and men in attendance offered an opportunity to join in the Haka.