Welcome to Matariki
Tukuna mai tō tāpaetanga kia uru atū ki te Ahurei o Matariki ki Tāmaki Makaurau ā tērā tau.
Call for event submissions for Matariki Festival 2019.
E karanga ana mātou ki a koe kia tuku mai tō tāpaetanga whakanui i a Matariki te tau 2019. Tirohia ki raro nei, te honongaitua mō ngā tukunga kōrero.
We are now calling for event submissions to be included in the 2019 festival. Please click this link for more information and to submit your application.
Ka aukatihia ngā tukunga kōrero a te 1 o Poutū te rangi 2019. Kia mataara, kaua e takaroa.
Submissions will close at midnight on 1 March 2019 – late submissions will not be accepted.
Mehemea he pātai āu, tuku karere mai ki tēnei imeera. Mā te kāhui whakatū ahurei te whakautu.
If you have questions, please email the team on .
Ko te tūmanakō ka tau mai ōu whakaaro whakanui i a Matariki ā te tau e heke mai nei.
We look forward to hearing from you and celebrating the Matariki season together again in 2019.
Nā te kāhui whakatū ahurei
From the Matariki Festival team
For Māori ancestors, astronomy was interwoven into all facets of life. Experts would observe the sky, making notes on star and planet movements, the relationship of those stars and planets to the moon and sun, while noting what was happening around them on land and in the oceans, lakes and rivers. All these celestial objects were given Māori names and their stories were woven into the history of the people.
One of these star groups is Matariki, the Māori name given to Pleiades, an internationally recognised star cluster that can be seen all over the world. The rise of Matariki in the winter skies above Aotearoa is an important time in the Māori calendar, as it signifies the start of the Māori New Year.
Historically, new year celebrations provided the opportunity for communities to come together to acknowledge the year gone by and make plans for the year ahead; to celebrate with kai, kōrero, rituals and entertainment.
For a time, these celebrations dwindled in popularity, but at the beginning of the 21st century a cultural renaissance occurred, making this special time of the year an important part of the Māori calendar. Today, everyone in Aotearoa has the opportunity to celebrate the unique places we live in, show respect for the land we live on and to share and grow together, with traditions continuing in Matariki Festival celebrations each year.