Matariki at the Port

By Glennis Paton
A day of crafts, fun and food brought nearly 100 people together to celebrate Matariki at Port Waikato on Sunday 9 July. Held at Brasell’s rustic riverside woolshed and organised by Art @ the Port, it was a great free day out for the whole family.
The day began with a karakia and welcome from Matthew Brown and then the fun started.
With five Matariki themed activities, everyone went home with some amazing creations, from woven woollen stars, (God’s eyes) to decorating and making poi. The star spinners were popular with young and old—a group of four young men laughingly competing for the longest spin. Learning the Maori stick game proved popular, as were the paint prints on black polythene. One to keep and a large mural for display. Where everyone put their painted marks and designs on a large wall hanging, which will now have pride of place on the woolshed wall.
It was great to see families working together on creative projects; the kids usually proving more innovative than their parents.
A continuous lunch of a sausage sizzle from Hina Ranga, home-made goodies and drinks kept everyone’s creative juices flowing throughout the day.
Art @ the Port would like to thank Creative Waikato for their funding and support for the day, to Linda Brasell once again for welcoming us to her property, and thanks also to all the helpers who made Matariki at the Port such a fun event.

Lilly Gamble shows off her spinner.

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