Tipuaarangi Pari Pootete | Top
Pari Pōtete | Top
Whakapākehā | English Translation
Pari = Bodice
Pōtete = To tie together
Each piece in the Matariki collection has a special hononga (connection) to one of the nine whetū (stars) of Matariki.
This Pari Pōtete is connected to Tipuārangi.
Tipuārangi is linked to birds and elevated delights like fruits and berries from trees. During Matariki, kererū were harvested, cooked, and preserved in their luscious fat, giving rise to the whakataukī below.
Ka kitea a Matariki, kua maoka te hinu
When Matariki is seen the fat of the kererū is rendered so the birds can be preserved
If Tipuārangi hides during Matariki, kai from the sky will be scarce. If she gleams brightly, a bounty of food from the skies await.