Hakas, traditional songs and dances and a delicious hangi were highlights of the first City of Gosnells event to celebrate Māori culture and people.

Te Iwa O Matariki Lights Up Gosnells provided the perfect opportunity for the local community to come together to honour and celebrate the ancient Māori culture of friends and neighbours from New Zealand.

City of Gosnells Mayor Terresa Lynes said Matariki was a significant occasion on the New Zealand calendar, marking the beginning of the Māori New Year and the reappearance of the Matariki cluster of stars in the night sky.

“This is an event that reflects the spirit of unity and celebration, and it’s a time to reflect on the past year, to celebrate the present and plan for the year ahead,” Mayor Lynes said.

“This event celebrated the richness of Māori history and traditions through entertainment and storytelling.

“Events like Matariki help to strengthen our understanding and appreciation of Indigenous cultures, fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion in our community.”

Twinkling overhead lights brightened Gosnells Town Square during the performances, with the Mayor’s speech translated into Māori, children invited to participate in a traditional dance and men in attendance offered an opportunity to join in the Haka.

Visit the City’s website at gosnells.wa.gov.au for more information about local events and programs.