Welcome to Matariki

Whakarongo ake au ki te tangi

a te manu e rere nei

Tūī, tūī, tūī, tūīa

Tūīa i runga, tūīa i raro

Ka rongo te pō, ka rongo te ao

Maranga mai Pūanga.

Maranga mai Matariki.

Nga whetū kānapanapa i te rangi hei tohu o te tau hou Māori

E ngā tini mate o te tau,

haere, haere, haere.

Hoki mai ki a tātou te

hunga ora,

Kia mataara tātou.

Tihei mauri ora.

Nau mai, haere mai and welcome to Matariki 2017.

The sighting of Matariki marks the dawning of the Māori new year.

It is a time to be with family and friends, to reflect on the past, to celebrate those who are not with us anymore and prepare for the year ahead. 

Here in Tāmaki Makaurau it is a chance for Aucklanders to come together with music, arts, dance and food. 

In 2017, as a continuation of Council’s commitment to partner with mana whenua, we are proud to work with Ngāti Manuhiri to provide Aucklanders the opportunity to discover the rich history and stories that our mana whenua iwi have to offer. 

To mark the beginning of this year’s exciting festival, a dawn karakia will be held at Tāwharanui Regional Park in the presence of the carved pouwhenua Manuhiri, the ancestor of Ngāti Manuhiri. 

I hope all Aucklander’s take the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent arts and culture that is part of Matariki Festival 2017.

Ngā mihi nui o te tau hou Māori ki a koutou katoa. 

Phil Goff
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.

This is the second year for the festival to be hosted in partnership with local Auckland iwi – giving Tāmaki Makaurau a chance to express its various iwi stories and understand what Matariki means through mana whenua worldviews. 

To learn more visit Host Iwi.