Welcome to Matariki

Kā tangi te tītī

Kā tangi te kākā

Kā tangi te pīpīwharauroa

Kā tangi hoki ko au

Maranga mai Puanga

Karanga mai Matariki

Ngā whetū kānapanapa mai i te rāwhiti

Ko te tohu o te ōhanga

Ko te tohu o te tau hou

Kia rātou kua whetūrangitia

Haere, haere, haere.

Kia tātou kua kākahutia nei

Ki te korowai o te aroha

Kia mataara tātou

Tihei mauri ora 

Haere mai and welcome to Matariki 2016.

Since ancient times, to Māori, the sighting of the Pleiades constellation has marked the dawning of a new year.

Traditionally, it was a time for reflection, to remember those who have passed away, to give thanks for the bounty of the land and look ahead to a new harvest. Today, it remains all those things; it also gives us a chance to celebrate and share the unique culture we have here in Tāmaki Makaurau expressed in our stories, mahi toi, kapa haka and kai.

This year, we have embarked on a new vision for Matariki, to develop our hosting partnership with mana whenua. In 2016, the hosting of the festival will be led by Ngāti Paoa – giving Auckland a chance to discover its stories and understand what Matariki means through its worldview.

I look forward to the dawn karakia, which will be held this year in a location chosen by Ngāti Paoa, on Waiheke Island.

I am excited to share this programme with our people and our visitors and invite everyone to enjoy Auckland’s premier winter festival.

Len Brown
Auckland Mayor

About Matariki

Matariki is the Māori name for Pleiades, an internationally recognised galactic cluster which can be viewed from anywhere in the world.

The rise of the Matariki star cluster is an important time in the Māori calendar as it signifies the Māori New Year.

Historically, New Year celebrations provided the opportunity for communities to come together, acknowledge the year gone by and look towards the year ahead. This involved the sharing of kai, kōrero, rituals and entertainment.

Matariki celebrations have been held from pre-European settlement through to the 1940s when they dwindled in popularity.

At the dawn of the 21st century, celebrations were revived and have now become a special time of year to celebrate the unique place we live in, to show respect for the land we live on and share and grow with each other. These traditions are continued in our Matariki festival celebrations today.

To learn more visit Host Iwi.