Waka Maimai Aroha - Waka of Affection - Matariki

Henderson Road, Flaxmere, Hastings

Write a message of remembrance, reflection and gratitude on a lantern to mark Matariki. Witness hundreds of lanterns reflecting on the water. One free lantern per family. These are reusable and the paper is biodegradable. Join a procession of lantern carriers that encircle the perimeter of The Pond, recite a Matariki prayer and then launch lanterns together onto the water. At 8.30pm the lanterns are lifted from the water and burnt in a closing hau ahi ceremony. There's Kai to warm the belly and entertainment for the soul from 6pm.

Managed by Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc with support from Hastings District Council, Trust House and Te Puni Kōkiri.

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Flaxmere Park, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Henderson Road, Flaxmere, Hastings