A giant stringray, two huge whales and a crab were in the sky over east Auckland, as kiteflyers gathered to celebrate the connection between heaven and earth as part of Matariki.
About 300 people gathered at Auckland’s Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park in Ōrakei to fly manu aute and tukutuku (kites) as part of the Matariki Festival.
Traditionally, kites were used by Māori to send messages to the heavens and as a way of communicating with other hapū (sub tribes). The
kites were made of bark, flax, and cutty grass and were typically well decorated, including with feathers, shells, horns and carvings.
On Saturday, the sky over Ōrakei was alive with colourful kites, including giant kites in the shape of a stingray and whale, to tie in with the moana (ocean) theme, relating to the Matariki star known as Waita.
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