Puanga Shining - Celebrating the Māori New Year in South Taranaki
Tērā Puanga, ka rewa i te pae, nau mai, haramai, te hua o te tau hou
Yonder is Puanga, suspended over the horizon, welcome and come forth the fruits of the New Year
The rising of the star ‘Puanga’ (Rigel) signifies the beginning of the Māori New Year. It usually rises and is visible during the month of June. The star cluster ‘Matariki’ (Pleiades) also marks the start of the Māori New Year however this cluster is not easily seen from South Taranaki. Our iwi therefore along with others on the west coast recognise ‘Puanga’ as the star that heralds the New Year.
Puanga is a special time for iwi and whānau, it is a time to reflect on the past, to plan and prepare for the future. It is a time for whanaungatanga, to reconnect, to be with others, to share and to celebrate who we are. Traditionally when Puanga appeared the root foods had been gathered and the pātaka kai (raised store houses) would be full. Fruit trees would be planted and land for planting crops, prepared. Puanga is also a time for new beginnings, a chance to develop new skills and to set new goals, something to look forward to especially considering recent trying times.
Puanga Shining brings to you an opportunity to get creative and give something different a go in 2020! Details can be found on our Facebook page.
- ‘Weekly Whānau Challenges’ - a chance to share your talents and ideas with others, to celebrate what Puanga means to you.
- ‘My Puanga’ - a series of short videos that will introduce you to new skills and insights into Puanga.
- ‘Super Stars’ - our Puanga video finale will entertain you and feature the best of our weekly challenges.