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Matariki ends with a sparkle for Island Bay church

Jul 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Article, Front Page Layout, News

FIREWORKS provide a bright ending to Island Bay’s first Matariki-midwinter kids’ service.

The service, attended by about 35 children, was held at Island Bay Presbyterian Church.

Church children and families worker Melanie Heaphy talked about what Matariki means to Maori, and the minister, Nathan Parry, read a contemporary Matariki story.

The service began and ended with the singing of traditional English winter Christmas carols.

Following the service, the children lit sparklers outside on the church deck, and there were refreshments.

“We thought it’d be a really cool chance to set off some fireworks and some sparklers, because it’s dark at five o’clock in the evening,” said Mrs Heaphy, who helped organise the service.

She described the service as a fusion of old world and new world that is accessible to people of all ages.

The church already runs a children’s pyjama party close to Christmas every year, and Mrs Heaphy hopes  the Matariki services will also become an annual tradition.

“Almost every culture has a story to do with the same star grouping. As the years go by, we could explore a different culture every year.”

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