Matariki celebrations set to go off with a bang

Pictured: Last year’s Matariki fireworks display.  Photo:  Gregg Painter, Wanderlustre Photography 

Community boost for Matariki

Kahu Youth’s seventh annual Matariki celebrations are expected to go off with a bang today (June 24) with its usual fireworks display and fire performances.

Youth worker Richard Elvey said due to some unexpected funding issues with this year’s event, many businesses, funders and community groups had rallied around Kahu Youth Trust to help.

“Without them this event simply could not have taken place and it has reinforced this as a real local community event by the community. Even at this late stage we are still in discussions with others. We’ve been blown away by the kindness and support we’ve received,” Richard said.

Matariki kicks off from 2.30pm and will last until 6pm at the Dinosaur Park on Wanaka’s lakefront.

Matariki celebtrations in Wanaka 2015. Photo: Nikki Heath/Wanaka Sun

There will be performances from local people and schools, workshops, a community hangi and fire performances from youth worker Claire ‘Frenchy’ French and Kahu Youth’s young people, all rounded off with a fireworks display.

Cover picture: Last year’s Matariki fireworks display.  Photo:  Gregg Painter, Wanderlustre Photography 

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