Matariki Celebrations 2022 • Orewa College
Event / 06 Jul 2022

Matariki Celebrations 2022

Matariki Celebrations 2022

In an inaugural Whangaparaoa College and Orewa College collaborative event, our Kapa Haka and Pasifika groups performed alongside Whangaparaoa, Mahurangi, and Kaipara secondary schools last Thursday to celebrate and acknowledge the launch of Te Kāhui o Matariki - Matariki Public Holiday. Our students represented our school with pride and passion and acknowledging their participation is set for early next term.

Hosted by Whangaparaoa College, this inaugural event was an array of culture highlighted by traditional performances, multicultural food stalls, and the customary hāngi kai. Local community turnout and support was fantastic. To support our local Pasifika performance groups and celebrate the day with us, Pasifika performers from South Auckland also displayed their talents on stage.

Next year, we look forward to hosting this collaborative cultural event. To mark this forthcoming occasion, a cloaked waka huia was presented to Orewa College from Whangaparaoa College at the conclusion of the day. Each year, this taonga will be presented to the upcoming host school. But for the next twelve months, it is proudly displayed in the main administration area.