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Matariki - Māori New Year Honoured

Matariki - Māori New Year Honoured

Posted May 03, 2024

Matariki (the Pleiades) signals the Māori New Year. For Māori, the appearance of Matariki heralds a time of remembrance, joy and peace. It is a time for communities to come together and celebrate. In the 2022, New Zealand officially recognised Matariki, declaring a public holiday for both Māori and Pākehā to celebrate Matariki in honour of the Māori New Year.

Matariki Weekend Friday 28 - Sunday 30 June 2024
New Plymouth
As part of the IHNZ Matariki hockey festival the leadership groups within the teams, will again invite our rangatahi from around NZ to compete and participate in a series of inline hockey games over the weekend. This creates a fantastic opportunity for our up and coming players to play with, and be mentored by the premier players of our game.
These players need to display:

  • good sportsmanship, humility, respect towards teammates and officials and most importantly a great attitude where they are willing to listen and learn.
  • The expectation is that they have at a minimum regional experience and potentially have been chosen for national duties or have attended these camps.

We would like all clubs that feel they have players who display these qualities to submit the names of up to 2 players in each of the 16U and 18U grades for consideration by the leadership groups. This does not guarantee they will be chosen, but considered for an invitation to participate. You will need to provide a short explanation of how they imbibe these qualities.

Players in these age groups who played in the previous year’s events are automatically submitted, clubs do not need to re-add them.

Costs include your playing uniform, entry fee and hangi lunch:

  • Entry Fee - $120
  • Matariki Jersey - $70
  • Matariki Pants - $70

Note: You may use last year’s jersey and pants if in good playing condition

Clubs are to submit their player list no later than Friday 17 May 2024 to

“Mā mua ka kite a muri, Mā muri ka ora a mua”

Those who lead give sight to those who follow, Those who follow give life to those who lead”

“Matariki espouses the core values of Whanaungatanga ( a sense of belonging), Manaakitanga (sharing, support) Kotahitanga (oneness and unity) Mohiotanga, Tuakana and Tikanga ( teaching and mentoring of our rangitahi by our older people) Kaitiakitanga, ( giving back) and Hakari ( the celebration of this).
Kei reira hoki matou”