The team at Manukau Community Corrections created a visual and interactive journey throughout their office to celebrate Matariki, highlighting the meaning and symbolism of the nine stars in the Matariki cluster and how they relate to the present day.
“We wanted to acknowledge and reflect on the Māori New Year in a tangible way, and also create an opportunity to learn more about this special time of year, especially now that Matariki will become a Public Holiday from next year” says Lead Service Manager, Ruth.
Probation Officer Norman, a self-taught artist, created a collection of five artworks displayed called ‘Tāne Mahuta and the Baskets of Knowledge’.
“I’ve been drawing for a long time, and I have always been more interested in pencils and paint brushes than calculators. People have said to me I should take my art up professionally; however, this has always been nothing more than a hobby to me,” says Norman.
The Matariki journey included tributes to loved ones who have passed on, and aspirations for the year ahead. The team also made Matariki Kai Packs, filled with fresh fruit and vegetables donated by staff to present to those in need.
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Men in Invercargill Prison make Matariki art
Men in Invercargill Prison were supported by Toi Māori Arts volunteer Sharne, recent winner of the Arts Access Whai Tikanga Award 2021, in the creation of a carving for the Murihiku Matariki Festival.
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