After visiting Shag Point, you hop back in the van and drive all the way up the east coast of the south island until you reach the town of Picton. You get out of the van and onto the Interislander ferry. It travels back across the Cook Strait to Wellington. Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and every winter the city hosts a huge Matariki festival to celebrate the Maori New Year. This year part of the festival is being held at Te Papa, a big museum in Wellington.
Read about the Matariki festival at Te Papa. There are so many different things to see and do at the festival this year. On your blog, tell us about three of the events. You can choose any three events that you wish.
Wow! Te Papa celebrates Matariki in a big way. Not only are they doing lots of things here at Te Papa, but all over Wellington. I have picked 3 events I would really loved to have gone to.
- Nga Kai o Matariki: Celebrating Maori Cuisine - Food! Food! Glorious Food! I love food and so does my family. I would have loved to have learnt how to make some traditional Maori kai as well as taste test some as well. I did see that Sarah and Jay from My Kitchen Rules were going to be speaking as well.
- Star Weave Jam - This was an event where people could join in and make an 8 point star out of ribbon, to raise awareness about domestic violence. Lots of people from around the world, had joined the project and sent stars that they had made to join with those made during Matariki here in New Zealand. I like to do arts and crafts, but also this would have been for a good cause.
- Kaumatua Kapa Haka - how awesome to watch kuia and koro perform some old waiata. My grand-uncle, Michael and his wife were part of this event. I would have loved to have watched them.