Westfield Riccarton welcomes the Māori New Year Matariki
This year, Westfield Riccarton celebrated the coming of the Māori New Year by tapping into local talented Kapa Haka groups and the wonderfully talented group Ko Tane to bring the culture of the Maori people to life in the Centre.
From the 26th to the 30th of June, the spirit of Matariki was alive in Westfield Riccarton.
To kick of our celebrations, we had the Kirkwood Intermediate Kapa Haka Group coming in on Wednesday to perform classic Maori songs and dances. Kids and adults of all ages in the crowd were singing along to these timeless tunes and the students performed superbly.
Wharenui Primary Kapa Haka group were up next on Friday to perform in Centre Court. The group donned their uniforms and performed beautiful songs and a stirring Haka.
On Saturday, we held a free kids craft activity and faces painting in Centre Court from 10.30am - 2.30pm. Kids came along and had their face painted in magical ways and then were treated to a fun decorating a night sky and moon craft activity.
And of course, Monty couldn't help but get in on the celebrations.
Our celebrations were brought to a close on Sunday with a special cultural performance from Ko Tane with some traditional games and moko face painting from 1 - 2pm in Centre Court.
Spectators were pulled in from the crowd and taught poi, haka and Ti Rakau stick games.
Ko Tane is the South Islands only professional Kapa Haka group and is an interactive Māori cultural experience that provides a look into our country's history from the past to the present day in a fun and informative experience.
We had an excellent time this Matariki and can’t wait for next year. Keep an eye out for more exciting events coming up at Westfield Riccarton.