Matariki Festival: Celebrating Māori New Year

28th June/Pipiri  -28th July/Hōngongoi  2014

The rising of the Matariki star constellation announces Te tau hou, the Māori New Year. Here is how to find the constellation.


Historically, Matariki occurred at the end of the harvest season. It was a time to fill the storage houses (pātaka kai) with food and for whānau and friends to come together, acknowledge the successes of the past year, and look towards the year ahead.

Matariki Festival celebrates a unique time in the New Zealand calendar with 31 days of culture, food, fun and entertainment. Events will be happening all over New Zealand (and some in Australia!!!)

So make sure to get along.

Check out the Tāmaki-based events ; Melbourne-based events; Christchurch-based events; Dunedin-based events; Te Papa-based events; Wellington-based events


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