Cloud cover hampers chance to catch glimpse of Matariki in New Plymouth

Cloud cover hampers chance to catch glimpse of Matariki in New Plymouth
A cloudy morning in New Plymouth didn’t stop sisters Silei, 10, and Summer Ponga, 9, from trying to get a glimpse of Matariki and Puanga.

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A cloudy morning in New Plymouth didn’t cease sisters Silei, 10, and Summer Ponga, 9, from attempting to get a glimpse of Matariki and Puanga.

About 200 folks, together with younger kids, braved the chilly as they appeared to the New Plymouth skies on Friday morning in the hope of catching a glimpse of Matariki and Puanga.

But due to cloud cover, the hopeful stargazers who congregated on the Marsland Hill observatory weren’t in a position to view both, though the bare eye may nonetheless spy the moon and planets like Jupiter.

Among the group had been Steve and Kate Ponga, with their tamariki Silei, 10, and Summer, 9.

Steve mentioned the nationwide vacation celebrating Matariki was “epic”.

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“It’s so relevant to New Zealand, it’s not an abstract thing like Halloween.”

The Ponga family, from left Silei, 10, Summer 9, mum Kate and dad Steve braved the cold along with about 200 others at New Plymouth’s observatory on Friday.

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The Ponga household, from left Silei, 10, Summer 9, mum Kate and pop Steve braved the chilly together with about 200 others at New Plymouth’s observatory on Friday.

He mentioned he hoped to discover out extra concerning the historical past behind Matariki, however preferred the way it represented a time to mirror on the earlier yr, and bear in mind those that had handed on, but additionally look forward to the longer term.

Steve’s spouse Kate mentioned as a gardener, this time of yr was about renewal of the land and soil, nevertheless it was additionally a time for celebration.

Friday’s viewing was hosted by the New Plymouth Astronomical Society, and its president John Calcott mentioned it was an excellent alternative for him and the opposite members to share their information.

The society had hosted public occasions to view Puanga in earlier years, however there had been a noticeable enhance in guests to its Facebook web page forward of the Matariki public vacation.

Having the time off made it extra potential for folks to attend too, Calcott mentioned.

In South Taranaki, an identical public viewing occasion was held by the Hāwera Astronomical Society.

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