2017 Host Iwi

In 2017, the hosting of Matariki Festival will be led by Ngāti Manuhiri. Ngāti Manuhiri is an iwi from Mahurangi, whose rohe extends from the Bream Trail to the Okura River mouth on the North Shore, including the off-shore islands Hauturu o Toi, Kawau o Tu Maro, Panitiki and Hawere a Maki.

Ngāti Manuhiri is descended from Manuhiri, the oldest son of the great rangatira Maki from Kawhia. Manuhiri, along with his parents and fellow siblings, migrated from Kawhia to Tāmaki in the mid-1600s. They occupied whenua from Tāmaki to Kaipara on the west coast, then across to the east coast from Mangawhai in the north down to Takapuna. They also raupatu out to the offshore islands such as Hauturu o Toi and Aotea, where Manuhiri’s first cousin Rehua and his uri still maintain customary occupation today. 

The creative identity of the festival features iconic tāonga of the host iwi. The pou whenua (land marker) Manuhiri is this year’s featured hero image. Manuhiri was created in 2005 by Vern Rosieur (Ngāti Manuhiri/Ngāti Wai), Hone Heke (Ngāti Wai) and Harry Wikaira (Ngāti Wehi Wehi/Ngāpuhi). The tāonga represents the tribe’s founding tupuna and can be found at Tāwharanui Regional Park. 

Ngāti Manuhiri will also host the Matariki Dawn Karakia to mark the start of the festival programme. 

It is intended that each mana whenua iwi will take up the host role year on year, with all Tāmaki Makaurau iwi sharing their stories about this special time. 

Learn more about the 2016 Host Iwi.