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.

 

Ahi Kā 

Āhea | When  6pm - 9pm, Thursday 23 - Sunday 26 June 2022
Ki hea | Where  Te Papa (view on Google Maps), Wellington Waterfront (view on Google Maps), Te Ngākau Civic Square (view on Google Maps)
Te utu | Cost  Free

Remember and honour our culture, heritage, and community, with a walk-through journey through fire, imagery, and stories. This immersive experience includes projections, displays, performances, fire, and light.


 

Matariki Fireworks

Āhea | When  7.15pm, Friday 24 June 2022. Postponement dates: Saturday 25 or Sunday 26 June– visit our Facebook page for updates.
Ki hea | Where  Wellington Waterfront, Wellington Harbour
Te utu | Cost  Free

We are lighting up the sky with a fabulous fireworks display to celebrate the Māori New Year. Food trucks will be on site on the Matariki Fireworks night only.

For information about traffic management, parking restrictions and public transport disruptions, check our street event road closures page.


 

Programme and map

Thursday 23 June 

6pm-9pm Ahi Kā - a journey through fire, imagery, and stories
6pm Karakia outside Te Papa. Followed by a multi-performer Drum Wave (Distributed Rhythms United Mix) on the Ara Moana waterfront. This performance is created by Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s Te Kōkī—New Zealand School of Music Director Sally Jane Norman, in collaboration with composer Riki Gooch. It celebrates the University’s 125th anniversary and connection to the capital city.
7pm Drum Wave on the waterfront.

Puanga ki Matariki - Te Tau Hou Māori - Waiata Programme

A CubaDupa toi Māori programme presented by Creative Capital Arts Trust in collaboration with Wellington City Council, E Tū Whānau, and Te Wharewaka o Pōneke.

Ki hea | Where Te Ngākau Civic Square
Te utu | Cost  Free
6pm Amba Holly 
6.40pm Nai McGregor
7.20pm–8pm Aja Wairere

Friday 24 June 

4pm–8.30pm Food trucks (fireworks night only)

To keep waste at a minimum we've teamed up with Nonstop Solutions - our sustainability managers. Along the waterfront, you'll find second-hand crockery stations where you can borrow cups and plates for free and return them after you've had your kai. There will also be high-quality bowls and cups from Reusabowl and Again Again which you can pay for and return later for a refund. If you already have your own reusable cup and container - bring them along! There will be NO single-use cups available this year.

6pm–9pm Ahi Kā - a journey through fire, imagery, and stories
7.15pm Matariki Fireworks (postponement dates 25 or 26 June) 

Puanga ki Matariki - Te Tau Hou Māori - Waiata Programme

A CubaDupa toi Māori programme presented by Creative Capital Arts Trust in collaboration with Wellington City Council, E Tū Whānau, and Te Wharewaka o Pōneke.

Ki hea | Where Te Raukura Te Wharewaka o Pōneke
Te utu | Cost  Free
1pm Mihi Whakatau
1.45pm Te Ōhaki (Ōtaki Māori Music Tribute)
3.15pm IA (Indigenous Soul Music)
4.30pm HIWA (Māori Performing Arts)
5.15pm Louis Baker
6pm DJ Gooda
MCs: Noel Woods and Te Kahu Rolleston

Watch the livestream at CubaDupa on Facebook.

Whānau Wānanga programme and arts activites

Ki hea | Where Mākaro room, Te Raukura Te Wharewaka o Pōneke
Te utu | Cost  Free
1pm–6pm Toi Māori activities including:

  • Puanga/Matariki kōrero with Toa Waaka
  • Te Wheke art activities and storytelling by Ariki Arts
  • Taonga Puoro making with Sam Palmer and Mikaere Berryman
  • Raranga/weaving with Ana Taripo and Mere Puketapu
  • Wānanga and arts activities with Linda Lee and other artists.

Saturday 25 June and Sunday 26 June

6pm–9pm Ahi Kā - a journey through fire, imagery, and stories.

 

Haha Whetū - Star search

Āhea | When 15 June – 29 June
Ki hea | Where Multiple locations around Te Whanganui-a-tara
Te utu | Cost Free

Gather your friends and whānau this Matariki to find the ten whetū (stars) we have painted around Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

Learn more about the meaning of Puanga and Matariki by visting each of the locations below and discovering a new whetū.

Haha whetū will take you to some of Te Whanganui-a-Tara's best locations, each have a significance to a whetū in the Matariki constellation.

See the locations details

 

Exhibitions

There will also be a number of Matariki themed installations and exhibitions to enjoy around the city in June. 

  • The Courtenay Place Light Boxes will 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, will feature designs by artist Tane Morris. 
  • Masons Screen

Visit Toi Pōneke Arts Centre for their exhibitions.

 

Highlights from Matariki ki Pōneke Festival 2021