Matariki is a time for celebration, coming together and sharing and Age Concern Wairarapa was proud to host a very special event that did just that. The AC Wairarapa celebration was one of many events put on with the support of Masterton District Council and judging by the positive feedback we received from our older people and kaumātua who attended on the day, it proved to be an enormous success.

Our event was linked to one of the stars in the Matariki constellation and this year we focussed on HIWA-I-TE-RANGI – the star associated with granting our wishes and realising our aspirations for the coming year. Our attendees were able to make their own paper stars and write on them, their hopes and dreams. This was a very special and reflective experience for everyone involved.

Everyone got to enjoy the amazing kai, homemade bacon and vegetable soup and rolls, while enjoying a variety of performances from the talented students at Masterton Intermediate School (Kapa Haka, Polyfest dancers and instrumentals).

The coming together of young and old generations to share, support and enjoy each other’s company made for a truly special occasion and one we are already in the planning for doing again next year. Mānawatia a Matariki!

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