Children to fore in Matariki activities

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Clu8matariki13.jpg Rising star . . . Having a star painted on his face at the Lawrence Matariki celebrations held in the Simpson Park halls last Friday evening was Ari Huges (5). PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE

JOHN.COSGROVE
@cluthaleader.co.nz

Matariki celebrations were held across the Clutha district over the weekend.
For Maori, the appearance of Matariki in the skies overhead at night heralds a time of remembrance, joy and peace. It is time for communities to come together and celebrate.
In Lawrence, the celebrations were held in the Simpson Park halls with a variety of performances presented by the Lawrence Area School Ko Te Kapa Haka OTuapeka group and the Goldfields Kindergarten.
Children were also invited to make crafts and visit the celestial wonderland created by the small committee which had been working hard on the project for more than six months.
The LAS kapa haka group also displayed its new haka composed by the senior pupils at the school.
This was the first time Matariki celebrations had been held at the hall and more than 300 people gathered for the celebrations which finished with a hangi.