Matariki 2020 events

Nau mai, haere mai – celebrate Matariki 2020 with a stunning series of live and digital events.

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Celebrate and learn about Matariki, the Māori New Year.

Ahi Kā Projection Show: Keep the Home Fires burning – Thur 23, Fri 24, Sat 25, Sun 26 July 5.30pm - 8.30pm

View the Ahi Kā Projection Show Facebook page.

A stunning large scale projection show on Te Papa over seven evenings.

This year, in response to the pandemic, our projection show tells the story of the young chief Toa Rangatira and his famed kūmara gardens.

News – Keeping the home fires burning

A group of people in winter clothing standing around a lit brazier.

Ahi Kā Live – Fri 24, Sat 25 July 5pm - 8pm

For the programme, visit the Ahi Kā Live Facebook page.

Join us in Odlins Plaza for an evening of live entertainment, warm fires and kai!

Mana Moana Digital Ocean

Mana Moana brings together more than 20 leading artists, musicians and poets from across Aotearoa for a new online collection of multimedia and video art. Titled Mana Moana Volume 2: Digital Ocean, you can access the immersive web-based digital gallery experience at manamoana.co.nz.

Spotlights penetrate the Wellington night sky.

Tūrama – 20-23 July

Tūrama (illuminate) will cast light into Wellington’s night sky. Made from nine woven beams of light, it symbolises a connection to the stars of  Matariki.  Tūrama also signifies our strength as a community. It will provide an opportunity for whānau and neighbours to reflect on the Matariki themes of remembrance and renewal. The light sculptures will be in the following locations – but they are dependent on the weather and flight path directions at the time.

  • 17-19 & 24-26 July: Circa Plaza, waterfront
  • 20 July: Northern & Western skies
  • 21 July: Northern & Southern skies
  • 22 July: Southern & Eastern skies
  • 23 July: Eastern & Western skies

Snap a photo of Tūrama and share it with us here Wellington City Council Facebook page to be in to win a double pass to Shapeshifter or a family pass to the Zoo.

Matariki App

Explore the Māori New Year traditions of Matariki and Ahi Kā (home fires) with our augmented reality app. Point your phone camera at the sky and you'll find the Matariki constellation - or point it at the ground and light your own bonfires to celebrate Ahi Kā.

Download the Matariki app for free from the iTunes Apple Store  or Google Play.

Mana Tangata

View the Mana Tangata Facebook event page.

An educational and informative free Zoom series featuring local iwi and Māori from around the Motu sharing knowledge and kaupapa Māori. Shared via Council’s YouTube and Facebook channels.

Colour in Matariki

 

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Colour in Matariki (131KB PDF)

Add your creative touch to the nine stars of Matariki. 

Take a picture of you and your finished creation and share it with us on the Wellington City Council Facebook page to be in to win some fun prizes! 


 

Ahi Kā is supported by the Wellington Amenities fund.

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