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Matariki 2015– Kaimoana – Nga tirohanga a mua ki muri


Thu 27 Aug 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 28 Aug 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 29 Aug 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 30 Aug 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Mon 31 Aug 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Kiwi North Museum, Kiwi House & Heritage Park, 500 State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $15.00
  • Adult Student: $10.00
  • Senior: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Pre-schooler: $0.00 ($0.00)
  • Family pass - 2 adults and up to 3 paying children: $35.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: allief

Matariki – Kaimoana – Nga tirohanga a mua ki muri
(Matariki – Seafood – Looking back to the future)

In centuries past when the stars of Matariki rose above the horizon announcing the Maori New Year the people gathered together. They had stored and harvested their kumara (sweet potato), ushi (yam) and taro as well as prepared their hue (gourds) and gathered plants, herbs and birds from the forest. It was a time for reflection, planning for the new seasons and celebration. Kaimoana (seafood), harvested throughout the year, was eaten fresh or preserved by drying. The rivers and seas were full of food from eels to fish and shell fish. Tangaroa (god of the sea) Ikatere (ancestor of the fish) would have been among the many gods honoured in the Iwi (tribe) korero (discussions).
This year Whangarei Museum’s Matariki activities and display draws attention to the continuous supply of kaimoana that sustained the people throughout the year. Although much seafood was dried and stored it could always be obtained fresh. What seafood was harvested and caught, how it was cooked and eaten, and the future of this taonga resource will be explored in this exhibition.

Daily 10am to 4pm
Included in general admission

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