Celebrate Māori New YearWhakanuia te Tau Hou Maori

20 June - 19 July20 o Pipiri - 19 o Hōngongoi
Matariki on the Move
Wananga a Kai
2degrees Kapa Haka Super 12s
Manu Aute Kite Day

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History of MatarikiHe Kōrero Tuku Iho mō Matariki

The rising of the star constellation known as Matariki is an important time in the Māori calendar. It heralds in the Māori New Year, which is a time to connect with, and give thanks to the land, sea and sky. Ko te kāhui whetū e mōhiotia nei ko Matariki he wā nui tonu i roto i te maramataka Māori, ko te karere ia o te tau hou Māori. Ko te wā hei tāpae atu, hei tuku mihi ki te whenua, te moana me te rangi. He wā anō hoki e tūhono ai te hapori ki te poroaki i te tau kua hipa, ki te whakanui me te whakatika atu mō te tau e tū mai nei. Me āhei i konei te kai tahi, te karakia, te ngahau tahi, te manaaki tangata me te oha mātauranga.

It is also a time for the community to come together and acknowledge the year gone by, as well as, to celebrate and prepare for the year ahead. This involves the sharing of kai (food), rituals, entertainment, hospitality and knowledge. Mai rā anō he kaitaki ara whakatere te kāhui whetū nei mō te Māori, me te tohu hoki i te āhua o ngā wā o te tau kei te oho mai. Ki te mahea te kitea atu he tohu tērā te mahana me te whaihua o te tau kei te heke mai.

Historically, the star cluster was a navigational aid for Māori and an indicator of the coming seasons. If the stars were clear, it was a sign that the year ahead would be warm and productive.

What's coming up

Wānanga-ā-Kai - Hāngī Making WorkshopWānanga ā-kai, papamahi hāngī

Learn how to make a traditional Māori hangi (earth oven)E ako ki te mahi hāngi Māori

FreeKoreutu Sharing of knowledge

Walk with Māori on Waiheke IslandHīkoi me te Māori i te Moutere o Waiheke

Take a guided walk around Waiheke Island with Māori guides and commentaryHaere hīkoi tahi huri noa i te Moutere o Waiheke me ō kaiārahi Māori me te whakarongo ki ā rātou korero

Sharing of knowledge

Mōkihi - Māori Traditional Reed Boat WorkshopMōkihi - He papamahi hanga waka raupō Māori

Come and learn how to make a Mokihi (reed boat) from Raupo as Māori did in the past and renew this engaging tradition during MatarikiHaere mai e ako ki te mahi mōkihi mai i te raupō pērā i ērā a ngā Māori o mua, kia hua anō ai tēnei mahi tuku iho i te wā o Matariki

AccessibilityWhakatapoko Sharing of knowledge

Te Ahikāroa: Home Fires BurningTe Ahikāroa

This compelling photography exhibition by Natalie Robertson features images of outstanding natural landscapes in the North Island’s East Coast, from two different seriesKo tēnei whakaatu whakaahua hihiri nā Natalie Robertson, e kawe ana i te āhua mīharo o te āta takoto o te whenua ki te Tairāwhiti o te Ika a Māui, mai i ngā whakaaturanga rerekē e rua

Family friendlyMā Tātou Katoa FreeKoreutu Art

Tā Moko PortraitsWhakaahua Tā Moko

Watch, learn and participate in traditional Māori games and activitiesMātakitaki, ako, toro atu ki ētahi o ngā tākaro me ngā mahi taketake a te Māori

Family friendlyMā Tātou Katoa FreeKoreutu AccessibilityWhakatapoko Art