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Matariki Lantern Parade

Matariki is the Maori name for the group of stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster or The Seven Sisters; and to the time which is referred to as the Maori New Year. It was also seen as an important time for family to gather and reflect on the past and the future.

Today Matariki is an opportunity to celebrate the unique place in which we live and giving respect to the land we live on. Matariki has two meanings, both referring to a tiny constellation of stars; Mata Riki (Tiny Eyes) and Mata Ariki (Eyes of God).

Our centre celebrates Matariki in June every year. The children from Victory Primary School help tell the stories connected to the legend of Matariki, we have a lantern parade on the nearby Railway Reserve, enjoy fire-dancing and drumming, and eat kai (food) together and listen to music. Many volunteers from our families and community help make this event special.

Please bring a lantern or torch, and knife, fork & spoon for the hangi kai - $2 per meal.

For more information call 5468389 or email


June 15


3.40 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


Nelson & suburbs


Victory Community Centre
1 Totara Street, Nelson South, Nelson

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

$2 for hangi meal


Ph. 035468389