Rotorua’s Thursday Night Market celebrating Matariki
Rotorua’s Thursday Night Market
celebrating Matariki this week
Thursday Night Market is this week celebrating Matariki –
the Maori New Year –and the inner city will be buzzing
1. There will be music and dancing,
with long tables gracing the footpath so people can sit and
enjoy the food on offer while taking in the
Te Puia’s cultural team will open the
street celebrations at 5.15pm with a pohiri and a brief
oration about Matariki.
Rotorua Racco’s Japanese taiko
drummers will perform at 6.30 pm followed by a lively Cook
Islands dance group performance around 7.10pm.
and Ice Festival’s lantern making workshop team is also
planning a lantern procession in the marketplace to
celebrate Matariki, and to promote the Ignite Lantern Parade
taking place at the Village Green on 26 July.
the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the
Pleiades. It rises once a year in mid-winter. For many Maori
it heralds the traditional start of a new year. Matariki
literally means the 'eyes of god' or 'little eyes.'
Rotorua Night Market takes place in Tutanekai Street’s
‘Heart of the City’ precinct from 5pm on
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