Matariki ki Pōneke 2019 – English version

Nau mai, haere mai – your whole whānau are warmly invited to celebrate Matariki, the Māori New Year.

Girl reaching for the stars -

Matariki ki Pōneke 2019 will be celebrated with the following free public events during June and July 2019.

Promotional image for Ahi Ka.

Adrian Wagner & Horomona Horo. Photo: Mikel Taylor


Ahi Kā

Friday 21 June, 6pm–10pm
Postponement date: Saturday 22 or Sunday 23 June, 6pm–10pm

Come down to Odlins Plaza and the Whairepo Lagoon on Wellington's waterfront to experience our new event, Ahi Kā. Celebrate and learn about the Māori New Year with fire, food, friends and whānau. See some of the nation's finest Māori performers and storytellers, and experience a beautiful light parade featuring creative talent from local schools.

Hangi, toasted marshmallows, fire on the water, and a midwinter bonfire – there's something for everyone at this family-friendly event. 

Matariki fireworks.

Wellington Sky Show

Saturday 29 June, 6.30pm–6.40pm
Postponement date: Sunday 30 June, 6.30pm

Rounding out our Matariki celebrations will be the Wellington Sky Show at the Wellington waterfront. This landmark event sees the Wellington harbour light up with a spectacular fireworks display.

Other Matariki events

There are other events happening around the city to join in the celebrations.

Matariki Harbour Challenge: Saturday 15 June
A waka ama event hosted by Hikoikoi Waka Ama Club. This year's event will showcase Māori culture and traditional knowledge, from voyaging to kai. This event will be on the water in Wellington's harbour and on the waterfront at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke. Find out more on Hikoikoi Waka Ama Club's website and Facebook.