Mānawatia a Matariki 2024

Mānawatia a Matariki 2024

This week marks the passing of the winter solstice, and the rising of the Matariki star cluster 🌌

This Friday 28th June, the Farm Shop / Kete Kai will be closed, as we take a pause to honour a remembrance of the past, celebration of the present, and preparing for the future.

The 2024 theme is “Matariki heri kai” - The feast of Matariki.

This comes from the Māori proverb ‘Matariki whetū heri kai’ meaning ‘Matariki, the bringer of food’.

Kai is central to the celebration of Matariki, and Māori believe that the appearance of Matariki in the morning sky in winter would determine the success or failure of kai harvesting.

Different stars in the cluster have an association to the various domains from where we source our kai, in particular:

- gardens (Tupuānuku)
- forests (Tupuārangi)
- fresh water (Waitī) and
- the ocean (Waitā)

This connection reaffirms relationships with our environment and signifies the importance of food in the celebration of Matariki - a time to journey home, spend time with whānau and friends, and enjoy feasting on fresh, locally sourced produce 🥦🌿🥬
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