Nau Mai Haere Mai Ki Matariki

Horahia e Matariki ki te whenua, 

Te maramatanga mō te motu e, 

Kia tipu hei puāwai hōnore

Mō te pani, mō te rawakore e

Tēnā koutou and welcome to Matariki 2018. Matariki is the time we recognise the culture and traditions of this country’s tangata whenua, and this year we are proud to host the festival with Te Kawerau a Maki.

Traditionally whānau (family) would come together to celebrate the rising of Matariki that indicated the start of the Māori Year and its new beginnings, to reflect on the past and show respect for the land on which they lived. Matariki gives Aucklanders and visitors the opportunity to come together and hear from this year’s host iwi, Te Kawerau a Maki, their unique stories and traditions. 

I look forward to the Matariki Dawn Karakia at Arataki Visitor Centre, led by Te Kawerau a Maki, to mark the start of the festival celebrations. 

I am looking forward to the many other events across the region, and I invite everyone in Auckland to be part of our premier winter festival.

Phil Goff
Auckland Mayor

He Kōrero mō Matariki

Ko Matariki te ingoa mō te kāhui whetū e mōhiotia nei e te ao whānui ko Pleiades – ka taea te kitea e koe mai i hea nei o te ao.

Ko te rerenga o te kāhui whetū o Matariki i te rangi, he tohu nui o te maramataka Māori - he kaikōkiri nei ia o te Tau Hou Māori.

I mua, ko ēnei whakanuitanga i te Tau Hou he take e huihui ai ngā hapori, ki te poroaki i te tau kua hipa me te aro atu ki te tau e heke mai nei. He wā hoki ia mō te kai, mō te kōrero, whakatau tikanga me te ngahau tahi.

Ko ēnei mahi whakanui i a Matariki he mea i takea mai i mua noa atu i te taenga mai a te Pākehā tae noa ki te Pakanga Tuarua o te Ao, ka memeha noa.

I te pūaotanga o tēnei rautau, ka oho mai anō ēnei tikanga hei whakanui i tō tātou ao motuhake, hei whakamānawa i te whenua, e whai pānga, e nohoa nei e tātou katoa. E haere tonu nei ēnei tikanga i roto i te Ahurei o Matariki o ēnei rā.

Mō ētahi atu kōrero tīpakohia i Host Iwi