The New Zealand Brain Tumor Trust

Matariki Ball Queenstown 2023

A most fabulous Evening!
Thank you to Each of our wonderful guests,

our celebrity guest and MC Daniel Faitaua,

Kaumatua Darren Rewi

Dr Jonathon Squire, University of Otago, Dept. Physics

the Remarkables Primary School Kapa Haka Group

Simon Hayes, Auctioneer Extraordinaire

Generous Sponsors (as below),
The Millennium Hotel

Photos courtesy of Allied Press

Mr Ahmad Taha – A video that was played at the Matariki Ball 2023


Matariki is a uniquely New Zealand celebration to mark the beginning of a new year in the Māori calendar. Matariki stars appear in the sky during the winter solstice and each of the nine stars represents different qualities such as strength, unity, and growth.

Matariki represents a time of renewal, reflection, and gathering. It is a time to come together to share stories, songs, and food, as well as to reflect on the past and plan for the future. It is also a time to give thanks for the blessings of the previous year and to honour those who have passed on. One of the significant customs is the lighting of bonfires known as ‘Matariki rua’ or ‘Matariki tauranga waka’. The bonfires are meant to honour the ancestors and provide a warm welcome to Matariki’s stars as they rise above the horizon.

The NZBTT draws upon this celebration with our community. We come together to reflect, share the bountiful kai of Otago, and to bring hope for the future.

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