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The Murihiku Matariki Festival brought the Southland community together to mark the Maori New Year with light installations, entertainment and workshops.
Among thousands of attendees was Otatara resident Ana Packham (10, pictured left), who proudly showed the lantern she made for the event.
Eight-year-old Ella Morris (below right) said she was enjoying the festival.
"My favourite thing is the lights — it is bright and colourful."