to celebrate Matariki
Toi Maori (Maori art), local purakau (stories) and the cosmos are set to converge at the Bluff marae, under the Matariki stars.
During Matariki, Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff will host a four-day event, from June 23-26, to celebrate the significant time for Maori with the Murihiku community.
Matariki is the Maori name for the cluster of stars also known as Pleiades, which rises in June and signals the Maori New Year.
Project leader Jay Coote said it was a time to remember those who had died since last Matariki and celebrate new beginnings, as well as being a period of reflection and regeneration.
The date was much more than just a holiday, he said.