Matariki Devonport

Matariki is the name of the star cluster Pleiades that rises in the night sky during mid-winter. The word Matariki means the ‘eyes of God’ – mata ariki, and the emergence of the stars heralds, in Māori tradition, the start of the new year.

Matariki is a wonderful time to bring whānau together, remember those who have passed, celebrate life ahead, share kai, aroha and the spirit of community. This issue of the Devonport Messenger is your guide to celebrating Matariki in our special place. 

The Matariki Dish

Wild Pork with smoked eel, beetroot, watercress & kawakawa - If your mouth just started watering then you’ll want to celebrate Matariki with us.
Between 22-30 June five of our leading restaurants, Vic Road Kitchen, Vondel, Hemingways, Dixie Browns and Devon on the Wharf will be serving spectacular dishes using native flavours and locally sourced ingredients to herald the start of the Māori new year

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Matariki Progressive Dinner
July 3rd & 10th

For the true foodie, four Devonport restaurants have come together to offer two nights of progressive dinners. Travel down our dining corridor and sample each Matariki dish served by Hemingways, Vondel, Vic Road Kitchen and Dixie Browns in a progressive dining experience. At the end all guests will be given their own Matariki Horopito and Caramel Chocolate Star specially made by Devonport Chocolates. Each meal will be a smaller version of the dish served by each restaurant for Matariki, and all will be matched with a perfectly fitting NZ wine or cider.
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Mid Winter Swim June 17th @ Windsor Reserve, 11am

Calling all mid winter swimmers! Come along in your best swimming costume and join us in celebrating Matariki and the mid winter solstice at this iconic Devonport event! The dip in the sea will be followed by a cup of hot soup for all swimmers and prize giving. 

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Horopito & Caramel Chocolate Stars for Matariki

Our favourite chocolatier Devonport Chocolates is celebrating Matariki with the limited production of Horopito & Caramel Chocolate Stars. If you want to enjoy Matariki with the sharing of kai, then you might struggle to share this one... 
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Matariki Family Celebration July 19 @11am Devonport Library

Have a cup of tea or coffee and sample a slice of our friendship bread; then make your own bread starter to take home. Do you want to share or swap vegetables and seeds in time to start thinking about a new planting season? Whanau and friends can enjoy a relaxing morning at Devonport Library, including stories and games for the children.
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Rangi & Papa Glow in Dark Puppet Show June 25 & 26 @ The Vic

Heaven and Earth – Rangi and Papa explore the seven sisters and the legend of Matariki, with over 25 magical glow-in-the-dark puppets. Suitable for Primary to Intermediate aged children. The show consists of a 40 minute performance and 20 minute Q&A where the audience get to meet and greet the actors and the voices behind the characters.
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MāoriGrl Exhibition and Artist Talk 23 June - 11 July

From the 23 June to the 11th July, The Depot Artspace is exhibiting MāoriGrl. This exhibition combines installation and video game to reinvent the story of Hinetītama, the woman who became the goddess of death in Māori mythology
The exhibition opens June 23rd at 11am. On July 8th at 1-2.30pm, the artist will be speaking with Dr Aroha Yates-Smith on the exhibition in the context of Atua Wahine. Nau mai!

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