Every year, the rising of the Matariki Constellation announces the beginning of Te tau hou, the Māori New Year. Which is usually celebrated with 31 days of culinary events, performances and concerts. Te tau hou historically occurred at the end of harvest season, where most could fill the storage houses with food and come together to celebrate the end of a year and the beginning of the one to come.
Auckland was filled with Matariki Events during the months of June and July, including a Matariki festival weekend at the Silo Park to celebrate the end of the festivities.
A while back I wrote a little guide for a day out in the city (you can re read it here … or not…I’m not your mom) so today I though I would create another mini guide for this weekend which is the end of the Matariki Festival Month. Hope you enjoy it.
Auckland is mostly know for its cafes and coffee culture, everywhere you turn, you’ll see someone drinking a cup of coffee or a coffee shop, so what best way to start off the day than with some breakfast/brunch. One of the places I love in the city is Shaky Isles (customs street) I’m pretty sure its because of the funny “to-go” cups but mostly its because of how the whole place is decorated. If you want to try something else instead of a classic espresso coffee, right know they are offering syphon, cold drip and filter coffee options, and if you are not a coffee person, that also have teas, smoothies and fruit juices. Top it with something to eat and you are ready to go.
Maybe it was the fact that it was cloudy that everything looked grey during daytime, maybe I’m just right or maybe there was something else, but if I can say something after my trip to Sydney is this: Sydney City was made for the night. I know some of you will try to come after me, talk about the beaches, and the sun and the “always summer” feeling you always get from looking at images of Oz, but Im just talking about the city centre. The lighted up bridge, the opera shinning and the city view, showing all the colours possible from neon lights. This is part 2 from the Sydney Diaries….this is Sydney by night.
You might remember… (or if not click….HERE) that one of my New Years resolution was “More museums” so last weekend I decided to own up to my promise and went, once again, to the Auckland Art Museum.
I can spend the entire post talking about how I (24 year old female) spent the majority of the time reading a children book and “painting” my own Kangaroo Mask with 5 year old kids. But I rather invite you all to go and see the Five Māori Painters exhibition.