Matariki ki Pōneke 2019

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

Matariki ki Pōneke 2019

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
Paraire 21 Pipiri, 6pm–10pm

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

Come down to the Wellington Waterfront to experience our new family-friendly event, Ahi Kā.

Ahi Kā – Matariki ki Poneke

Matariki fireworks.

Wellington Sky Show

Saturday 29 June, 6.30pm–6.40pm
Rāhoroi 29 Pipiri, 6.30pm–6.40pm

Postponement date: Sunday 30 June, 6.30pm

The Wellington Sky Show 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 and Sunday 16 June

Hosted by Hikoikoi Waka Ama Club, this unmissable showcase of Māori culture and sport will be on the water in Wellington's harbour and on the waterfront at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke. Team canoes compete Saturday and singles on Sunday. Find out more on Hikoikoi Waka Ama Club's website and Facebook.

Waituhi Matariki Public Art Display
17 June – 31 August

Local artists Matthew McIntyre Wilson and Maioha Kara have been commissioned to develop public artworks for two sites in the city. McIntyre Wilson’s work will be on a section of the Town Hall hoarding and Kara’s on the flag poles at Frank Kitts Park near Whairepo lagoon.

Courtenay Place Park Lightboxes – Angela Kilford: Te Māra Tautāne
17 June – 2 September

Angela Kilford’s series Te Māra Tautāne explores and celebrates invisible whakapapa connections between the earthly and celestial realms at Matariki in this photographic exhibition. Angela sees these lightbox images as a contemporary urban māra tautāne, which is a traditional, ceremonial garden, planted in offering to Matariki.

Feast Matariki Wellington
21 June – 7 July

Feast Matariki will be happening across 20 restaurants from 21 June to 7 July, as they explore Aotearoa’s traditional cuisine and ingredients, and create Matariki-inspired menus. 

As part of Feast Matariki, internationally renowned chef and culinary artist Charles Michel will be presenting a lecture and interactive workshop on the multi-sensory science of taste and flavour.

Kumutoto Ki Tai – Pop-up Village
21 June – 22 July
Kumutoto Ki Tai on EventFinda

Kumutoto ki Tai is a one-time only winter Pop-up Village and will be located in a temporary site Kumutoto ki Tai (by Customhouse Quay). Showcasing emerging businesses, artists, designers and yummy street food trucks over five weeks on Wellington's Waterfront. 

Matariki Celebration
Sunday 23 June | Space Place

Celebrate Matariki with live music and moving images, kai and korero, and activities for children at the Space Place.

Mana Moana
6pm–9pm 28 June – 3 July 

Mana Moana is a visual spectacle, exploring New Zealand’s complex history of migration and settlement. A selection of curated digital video works by indigenous artists will be projected on a 10x15m water screen as an innovative and unique way of sharing their stories.

Tangi Te Keo Matariki dawn viewing
5am Saturday 29 June | Mt Victoria summit lookout

Head to the Mt Victoria summit lookout to celebrate the dawn rising of Matariki with telescopes and experts.

Matariki with NZTrio and Horomona Horo
4pm Saturday 29 June | Wellington Museum

NZTrio with Horomona Horo present Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki – a one-hour performance of works celebrating and exploring the meaning of Matariki in modern day Aotearoa.

Haukainga, True people/Home
29 June – 19 July | Toi Pōneke Gallery

Haukainga, True people/Home is a curated exhibition drawn from the Wellington City Council’s City Art Collection. Unashamedly Wellington-centric Haukainga, True people/Home is a show of two halves. One half of the exhibition is made up of artworks made in response to Wellington as a place, a site, and featuring iconic people, landscapes, cityscapes and buildings past and present. The other half is made up of works by local artists.