Matariki is a time to gather together whanau (family) and friends to celebrate the start of the Māori new year. Named after the cluster of stars which appears in the early morning sky in winter, Matariki is short for ‘Ngā mata o te ariki o Tāwhirimātea’ meaning the eyes of the Atua Tāwhirimātea, Māori God of Wind, son of Ranginui (Sky father) and Papatūānuku (Mother Earth).
Mātauranga Māori (ancestral knowledge and wisdom) is at the heart of Matariki celebrations which in Māori tradition was a time to reflect on the past and those loved ones who had been lost, celebrate the present, and look ahead to plan for the future.
One way to celebrate Matariki is by flying a kite. You can make your kite bright and beautiful by painting it in Resene paints. Traditionally, manu aute (kites made from the aute plant), were used to communicate the beginning of Matariki and to send messages to the heavens and between hapū (tribes).
Be in to win
We have 50 Resene paint by number kites to give away, plus a $40 Resene ColorShop voucher so you can get painting.
The kites come in two designs, kererū design, ‘Matariki Elements’ by Māori Artist Bobby MacDonald of Ngā Atua Hou and a wahine design ‘Te Kahui o Matariki’ by Māori Artist Amiria Puia-Taylor of Ngā Atua Hou.
Conditions of entry: This prize is open to New Zealand residents only. All employees, and their immediate families, of Resene, SCG and their advertising agencies, are ineligible to enter. Prizes may not be exchanged or redeemed for cash. Entries close 5pm July 8, 2022.