July 01, 2016
Glen Innes lights up for Matariki
Te Ara Rama light trail is back this weekend as Glen Innes gets behind the midwinter celebration of all things Maori.
The light trail runs for nine days in Maybury Reserve, two minutes walk from the Glen Innes shopping village and train station.
There will also be performances, workshops and art activities next door at Te oro Music and Art Centre.
Organiser Te Rangi Huata has run Matariki events for more that a decade, and it's gratifying to see them become large celebrations rather than small Maori-focused exhibitions and events.
Most of those coming to Te Ara Rama have been Maori and Pacific Island, and he'd like to see a lot more Pakeha from neighbouring St Johns and Remuera join in the fun.
"A lot of those poeple go to shop in GI, but they haven't come yet into the light show but hey we're going to be here forever so hopefully the message will get out and they'll come out to see this light trail. We've had a great response from the community lots of families coming out. It starts tomorrow. It's a feast for the eyes, a feast for the ears and of course with kai it's a feast for the puku
Te Rangi Huata from the Public Dreams Trust.
Te Ara Rama runs from 6 to 9 each night until Saturday July 9, when it ends with a fireworks spectacular.
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