26 Jun 2010

Matariki celebrations in Flaxmere

5:53 pm on 26 June 2010

There was a lot of hot air at Matariki celebrations in Flaxmere in Hawke's Bay on Saturday.

Te Aranga Marae chair Des Ratima says the marae has brought together seven hot air balloons to simulate the seven stars of Matariki.

He told Waatea News the event would include a ceremonial hangi opening at dawn, with the steam rising to represent the connection between Papatuanuku the Earth Mother, and Ranginui, the Sky father.

The hangi was followed by a traditional breakfast and a Matariki carnival in the afternoon.