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Local artist Steve Chernishov hosted a workshop yesterday at the Invercargill Public Library to create a UV mural for this year’s Matariki Light Festival.
Mr Chernishov said the event started with a discussion about the meaning of Matariki and from there, children chose key words which they thought were connected with the Maori culture.
Mihiana Nankivell, of Invercargill, said she was excited to see the completed mural.
"I’m feeling happy and I will feel very proud when all the community sees the work we’ve done."
Her father Quenton Nankivell said it was important for children to learn about their background and the Maori culture.
"It is important they know where they came from and for them to feel connected with their background."
The Maori New Year is marked by the reappearance of a cluster of stars known as Matariki, or Pleiades, in the winter sky before dawn.