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Ngā Wiki o Matariki at Hastings District Libraries

For more details on the events and actvities Hastings District Libraries have for Matariki, visit our Events page here.

Ngā Mata o te Ariki | The Eyes of the Gods

Matariki is the Māori name for the small cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters. When Matariki appears it is the time to celebrate Maori New Year. It is a time for whānau, to remember those who came before us and the legacy they have left behind.

Local kaumatua Te Rangi Huata revitalized the recognition of Matariki in Hawke’s Bay in 2000 and the celebrations have grown bigger each year.

For many years we have thought of Matariki to be the “seven sisters” of the Pleiades star cluster, but Maori have long recognized there were more. There are nine visible stars: Matariki, Tupuārangi, Waipuna-ā-Rangi, Waitī, Tupuānuku, Ururangi, Waitā, Pōhutukawa and Hiwa-i-te-Rangi.

Matariki is actually an abbreviation of ‘Ngā Mata o te Ariki’ – The Eyes of the God’. The god referred to is Tāwhirimātea, god of the winds and weather. When Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, the earth mother, were separated from their dark embrace by Tāne, Tāwhirimātea was distraught. He tore out his eyes, crushed them into pieces and stuck them onto the chest of the sky. This is why Tāwhirimātea is the blind god, feeling his way around the sky and bringing winds from different directions.

We Feed the World Photography Exhibition

The We Feed the World exhibition at Hastings Library brings together an international team of farmers, award-winning photographers, NGOs, the food sovereignty movement and ethical businesses in celebration of small-scale farming and agro-ecology. This is about people, not production lines; farms not factories; agri-culture, not agri-business.

These extraordinary images and their incredible stories aim to forge a new and positive narrative about the farmers who really feed the world and demonstrate how small-scale farming not only provides the majority of the world’s food but also offers solutions to many other planetary crises. From climate disruption, mass extinction of species, the pollution of our waterways and oceans to the diminishing health and wellbeing of our communities.

Thanks to Arohanui (Hanui) Lawrence, also known locally as Aunty, the gardens of local Waipatu Marae have once again become a food growing hub where locals can come and take away fresh produce grown in the spiral shaped vegetable patches that are lovingly tended to by Aunty and her team of volunteers.

While the vegetables provide much needed nutrition for the local Maori population, it is the community aspect of growing that Aunty cherishes most. The highlight of the year is when the family return home to help harvest the kumara – a white flesh sweet potato – and grandchildren and great-grandchildren work alongside their elders carrying on a tradition that is over 800 years old.

Hastings

Monday 10.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 8.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Havelock North

Monday 10.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday CLOSED

Flaxmere

Monday 10.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday CLOSED

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