Matariki ki Pōneke

Nau mai, haere mai – celebrate Matariki, the Māori New Year, with a stunning series of live and digital experiences.

Burning braziers floating in water at night.

Nau mai, haere mai. Wellington City Council invites you to Matariki ki Pōneke, to celebrate the Māori New Year. Enjoy a stunning free whānau experience, with a fabulous Matariki Fireworks display.

Matariki is a time for remembering the past, celebrating the present, and looking to the future.

Matariki ki Pōneke includes our free Ahi Kā and Matariki Fireworks events.

Food trucks will be on-site on the fireworks night only. To support local businesses, we encourage you to grab a bite to eat in the city on our other Matariki ki Pōneke evenings.



There are still a number of Matariki themed installations and exhibitions to enjoy around the city: 

  • The Courtenay Place Light Boxes feature Whakapapa te Pō te Ao from 28 May, beautiful works by artist Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka. 
  • The Waituhi flags, and a mural on the Frank Kitts park waterfront doors, feature designs by artist Tane Morris. 
  • Masons Screen

Highlights from Matariki ki Pōneke Festival 2021