Traditionally, kites were flown as part of Māori New Year celebrations. They were thought to flutter close to the stars. Making and flying kites has played a part in a number of recent celebrations. Te Rangi Huata included fireworks, shown here, and hot-air balloons at his Matariki festival in Hawke’s Bay. He considered these a more modern way to reach for the stars.
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Reference: 14 June 2004
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