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Matariki month ahead By Emma McAuliffe

Wellington’s arts scene will be celebrating Matariki this month with special displays and events for families. Matariki is celebrated when the star cluster known as Pleiades (Matariki to Maori) rises in the sky during winter. It marks the end of the calendar year and signals the beginning of the new year according to the Maramataka, or the traditional Maori lunar calendar. Te Papa would be celebrating Matariki from June 16 to 25 with a special event, Matariki Rising. Creative director of Matariki Rising, Charles Royal, said the overall theme of Matariki festivals both historically and today was renewal. “Matariki marks the passing of the old

year and the beginning of the New Year, according to the Maori lunar calendar. “It’s a celebration that is unique to New Zealand and provides an opportunity to come together, to acknowledge who we are, to express love for these islands that we call our home and foster quality relationships between each other and the natural world,” he said. The 10-day-long celebration would begin on Friday, June 16 at 7pm with a celebration and ritual for all ages on the Wellington waterfront. The ritual would be centred around a fire where storytelling would take place, including the tale of the creation of the world according to Maori tradition and the story of Tane who adorned the heavens with stars. Food would be cooked upon the fire

and its aroma will be used to farewell and release loved ones who passed in the previous year. Matariki Rising would close with the Kaumatua Kapa Haka performance on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25. The event would see more than 400 Kaumatua from Invercargill to Whangarei participating in a mass Kapa Haka event in Soundings Theatre at Te Papa. Meanwhile at Capital E children would be invited to listen to special stories and learn to weave throughout Matariki. On Saturday, June 10 children would be able to take part in Raranga Whetu, which would give them the chance to learn to weave their own Matariki Stars. A special story time would take place on Saturday, June 24 for children to listen to Maori myths and learn a waiata.

Parade sparks parking complaints

Get ready for Matariki celebrations. PHOTO: Supplied.

Student films wow The finalists in Capital E’s Roxy5 Short Film Competition gathered at Roxy Cinema in Miramar last Wednesday to show off their films. The event was the finale for the Roxy5 competition which saw two schools walk away with top prizes and the opportunity to remake their films. This year the winning films

were Shelter from Wellington High School and Ranginui and Papatūānuku from Otaki College. The judging panel were impressed by Shelter’s themes and creative storytelling, delivering complex drama as it details a group of friends connected by their own issues at home.

Parking congestion along Lyall Parade continues to worsen and residents are calling on the council for change. PHOTO: Rosa Woods. By Rosa Woods, MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

A Lyall Bay resident’s plea to fix chronic parking congestion along the beachfront seems likely to fall on deaf ears. Lyall Parade resident Rose Johns said the street’s limited parking had become a serious issue only Wellington City Council could solve. “I’ve put in a request to get resident’s parking and to get yellow lines over the driveway” but the council would not listen, she said. Rose said she and her family regularly left town to avoid the parking congestion. “We have to leave the place, we go away on the weekends,” she said. Tanya Pearce said she also lived on Lyall Parade and did not have any off street parking. “In the weekend it can be a nightmare to get a park anywhere

near my house. “A few resident’s parks on the street side would be awesome,” she said. Other residents from the area were less concerned by the parking along Lyall Parade. Rongotai woman Felicity Findlay did not believe any changes needed to be made. “I think the parking is fine, I don’t want to have to pay for parking in the area I have lived my whole life,” she said. Eva Karam from Southgate said free suburban parking was one of the beauties of living in New Zealand. It was “okay to make some resident’s parking spots on one side, but the rest should be free”, she said. Eastern Ward Councillor Simon Marsh said parking congestion along Lyall Parade would be a difficult issue to remedy, as “current parking in most of the

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area is unregulated”. Mr Marsh said he had heard some local discussion about the possibility of implementing resident’s parking. However, parking congestion had “not been a hot topic at the recent residents association meetings”. “The Lyall Parade is heavily used as a recreation area and with the improvements happening in the area will become even more attractive for people to visit,” he said. Mr Marsh encouraged residents who were concerned to “run a petition to bring to council” so council officers could respond to the matter formally. Council would need “a strong case to pursue any changes”, he said. At this stage, the council have not planned to make any changes to the parking along Lyall Parade.

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