14 Jun 2013

Te Papa shares stories about Matariki

8:36 am on 14 June 2013

Tainui is sharing its stories about Matariki, the Maori new year, at Te Papa museum this year focusing on an ancient tale about the seven sisters, or stars which make up the constellation of pleaides.

The Waikato tribes are the resident iwi at Te Papa who helped to develop this year's Matariki celebrations.

An audience facilitator at Te Papa, Ati Teepa of Ngai Tuhoe, says this year's Matariki programme focuses on the role of wahine.

He says a Tainui elder, Shane Te Ruki, told a story from his sub-tribe about how significant Matariki is to them.

Mr Teepa says it talks about the seven sisters bringing the sun back from its winter slumber marking the start of a new year.

The special Matariki exhibition also tells the story of the humble hue - the bottle gourd that the first Maori settlers brought to Aotearoa from Hawaiki - the spiritual Maori homeland.