The story goes that Ranginui and Papatūānuku, who were once closely entwined, were pushed apart by their son Tāne Mahuta (god of the forests and birds).
However, once Ranginui and Papatūānuku were separated, Tāwhirimātea, (god of the winds), became so upset and angry that he tore his eyes out and threw them up into the sky as a sign of his love and pain.
Some say that this is how the constellation of stars in the night sky came to be. The title of the video Ngā mata o te ariki, o Tāwhirimātea translates to 'the eyes of the god Tāwhirimātea'.
This video was produced and directed by Ripeka Read, Digital Content Graduate.
She was fortunate to collaborate with Parekura Pewhairangi (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu) who crafted the story and wrote the script and Matia Mitai-Ngatai (Te Arawa) who provided the audio track from the Rangiatea CD.
Hawaiki Tū, a contemporary company of Māori performing artists specialising in Haka Theatre, Kapa Haka, Māori dance and theatre, brought it all to life by interpreting the story through movement.
The team also worked with Renata Te Wano (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Waikato-Tainui Waka) and Edmund Eramiha (Ngāpuhi) on the project.
Ngā mata o te ariki, o Tāwhirimātea will be projected onto the walls of the St James Theatre building during the Tūrama Matariki Light Show at Central Library on Thursday 14 July and Friday 15 July.
There will also be an animated 3D Matariki story illustrated by street artist Janine WIlliams (Ngāti Paoa) projected onto the building, along with plenty of entertainment including fire poi, drumming, kapa haka, dance, a photo booth and a mural making opportunity.
Be sure to come by to help us celebrate Matariki in style!
For a script of the video, click here.