160 days ago

Stingray in the sky as Matariki kites fly high over Ōrakei

Caroline Williams Reporter from East & Bays Courier

A giant stringray, two huge whales and a crab were in the sky over east Auckland, as kiteflyers gathered to celebrate the connection between heaven and earth as part of Matariki.

About 300 people gathered at Auckland’s Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park in Ōrakei to fly manu aute and tukutuku (kites) as part of the Matariki Festival.

Traditionally, kites were used by Māori to send messages to the heavens and as a way of communicating with other hapū (sub tribes). The
kites were made of bark, flax, and cutty grass and were typically well decorated, including with feathers, shells, horns and carvings.

On Saturday, the sky over Ōrakei was alive with colourful kites, including giant kites in the shape of a stingray and whale, to tie in with the moana (ocean) theme, relating to the Matariki star known as Waita.

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More messages from your neighbours
1 hour ago

Highwic is open again!

Christopher Hatfield from Highwic - Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

We are pleased to announce that from Friday 3 December 2021 that Highwic is open.
The team at Highwic are looking forward to welcoming you again.
We are open Wednesday to Sunday: 10:30 am to 4 pm, last entry 3:15 pm.
Highwic will be open under RED in the traffic light system.
If you’re visiting us, you will need to present your Vaccine Pass to staff and follow our Covid-19 requirements. Please stay home if you’re sick. For the latest on Covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand visit the official government website.
Entry to our Christmas shop is free. Brimming with decorations, vintage-inspired toys and other gifts, including candles and stationery. We also have a wide variety of stocking fillers! Why unravel in shopping mall crowds when you can be charmed by a Christmas wonderland of hand-picked gifts? Enjoy free onsite parking while you shop or visit the house.
Entry:
Member Free
Adult $10.00
Under 18 years Free
Entry to our Christmas shop is free.

7 days ago

What should we learn from 107 days of Covid-19 lockdown?

Todd Niall Reporter from Community News

Kia ora neighbours, Who isn't keen to put 107 days of Covid-19 Alert Level 3 and 4 behind us? But there are some important lessons to remember as we move on. Read the story below?

3 hours ago

Soothe body and mind with mindfulness - Tuesday 1pm

Eve from Eve Rudkin Mindfulness

Hi Neighbours, after a long lockdown, come and find some peace of mind. Safely run with careful social distancing, good ventilation, and vaccine passes required.

Tuesday 7th December, 1 - 2.30pm, gentle movement and stillness. Meadowbank Community Centre, 29 Saint Johns Road. Bookings essential through me Eve Rudkin, registered teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Find out more - click Read more to link to my website

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