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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Waitematā Local Board member Sarah Trotman last week resigned her position on the board, providing her resignation in a letter to Chief Executive Jim Stabback on 9 October 2021.
Board chair Richard Northey acknowledges Ms Trotman’s resignation and her contribution to the board for the last two years.
“Sarah did some great work with local businesses in her economic development portfolio, particularly in helping them access mentoring and advice during the first COVID-19 lockdown last year.
“She has also represented her constituency with passion throughout our board’s planning and decision-making processes.
“We respect Sarah’s decision to resign from the board and wish her well in her future endeavours.”
The implications of Ms Trotman’s departure, including whether the vacancy left by her departure will be filled, will be decided by the board at its meeting on Tuesday 19 October.
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