Matariki for the Whole Whānau

10 June 2014

There are over 100 events and exhibitions in the Matariki Wellington Festival, on throughout June and July around the Wellington region.

Kapa haka singers wearing feathers and traditional cloaks.

Kaumātua Kapa Haka

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This weekend Te Papa celebrates a new exhibition,Whiti Te Rā! The story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira, with music, artists at work, floortalks, puppeteers, theatre and Ka Mate, the world-famous haka.

For the full festival programme and to learn more about Matariki, visit Matariki Wellington

Matariki Festival

The star cluster Matariki (also known as Pleiades) appears in the dawn sky above Aotearoa New Zealand in late May or early June. The new moon following the rising of Matariki signals the Māori New Year and is a celebration of people, culture, language, spirituality and history.

It is a time for whānau (family) and friends to come together to reflect on the past 12 months and look towards the year ahead. Celebrate Matariki with us throughout the greater Wellington region, Te Upoko-o-Te-Ika.

Te Taiopenga o Matariki

Ka ara ake te kāhui whetū o Matariki i te atapō i te mutunga o te marama o Haratua, i te tīmatanga o te marama o Pipiri rānei. Ka kōhiti te marama I muri mai i te aranga ake o Matariki, koia te Tau Hou Māori – hei kaupapa whakangahau i te iwi, hei kaupapa whakanui i te reo, i ngā tikanga Māori, me ngā kōrero tuku iho o tēnei whenua. He wā e hui tahi ai te whanau me ngā hoa hei hoki mahara atu ki te tau kua hipa, e anga whakamua ki te tau e haere mai ana. Whakanuia a Matariki ki Te Upoko-o-Te-Ika!