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Matariki - A Celebration of New Zealand


Fri 24 Jun 2011, 5:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Flaxmere Park, Wilson Road, Flaxmere, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Te Rangi Huata

10th annual celebration of thanksgiving and welcome to the new year planting season. This wonderful family gathering in Flaxmere Park is hosted by the Morrell and Jessup families.

This is the biggest winter event in Hastings drawing thousands of people to savour the taste of a wide variety of international and local foods from French pancakes to American doughnuts and Indian samosa to Cook Island banana poke.

There's a host of Maori and New Zealand foods too including steamed mussels, pikopiko, huhu grubs, raw fish, hangi, pan-fried Maori potatoes and kanga pungarehu (a boiled corn sweet delicacy).

There's a host of local singers, dancers and performers. The organisers are staging a bigger fireworks display to music this year and invite locals to leave the car at home and walk down to the park. Dress warm, wear layered clothing and walking shoes.

This event is funded by Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc and Te Puni Kokiri.