156 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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The regions which will be moving into the new Covid-19 Protection Framework at Red on Friday have been announced.

Northland, Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts will all move to Red. The rest of the North Island and all of the South Island will move into Orange. These settings will next be reviewed on 13 December.

The existing Auckland boundary will remain in place until 17 January, and no new travel restrictions will be put in place. Vaccine passes will also come into force with the traffic light system.

Find out more about the new traffic light settings by region on this interactive map.

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