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Puanga Matariki this year June 2011

Once again Nazareth residents and staff made the most of the Puanga Matariki celebrations of the Maori New Year, the winter solstice.

Almost three weeks of activities began in early June with the planting of a nikau, our only native palm, in the front garden.  Here resident Renee Parkinson is helped by volunteers Anne Burke and Paul Baber to put her spadeful of earth round the tree, Diversional Therapist Marion Grinstead provides a steadying hand, while other residents await their turn.

The following Monday, a poi making demonstration had many residents involved.  Another session had the community welcome children from the Mangawhero Kohanga Reo, who sang many waiata for the assembled residents.

Carlotta Penton led a paper star making session and these Matariki stars now decorate the ceiling of the Leisure lounge – a magic Matariki constellation.

The celebrations culminated on the 23 June with a hangi lunch, followed by a visit to the little church at Putiki.

This year’s celebration of Puanga Matariki follows those of the past when particular emphasis has been placed on one of the many cultures of our country.  This year’s programme was special, as it celebrated our bicultural partnership with Maori, and the way in which residents and staff prepared and entered into these events certainly brought ‘fullness of life’ to those who participated.

Gallery / Whakaahua

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