Matariki celebration delights

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By David Hill

Pegasus Bay School celebrated Matariki with the unveiling of a new mural last week.

Principal Roger Hornblow said the school’s annual Matariki celebration was a night to remember, with Christchurch street artist Jacob Yikes adding the finishing touches to a new mural for the school on the night.

“Matariki is the perfect time to come together and mingle, chat and engage in some of the many cultural experiences,” Mr Hornblow says.

“A big thanks to our own Gina Keating for all of her hard work in pulling this event together and to our colleagues at Kaiapoi High School for the loan of the hangi equipment.”

Gina said she was “blown away yet again” by the support from the community.

“Looking around and seeing so many smiling faces and new connections being made is what it is all about for me.

“I’m already thinking about what we can do next year.”

The evening featured performances from the school’s kapa haka group, fire poi, arts and crafts activities for all ages, and plenty of food.

Jacob is one of Christchurch’s best-known street artists. His works include a large blue piece on the side of the old Rydges Hotel car park, the “stairs to nowhere” near Cathedral Square, and an Alice in Wonderland-themed piece on the side of Alice Cinema on Tuam St.