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Matariki Programme Launch

Glimpse artists Charles and Janine Williams creating a beautiful installation outside Britomart Train Station to celebrate the launch of the Matariki Festival programme. 

Matariki Festival Programme Launch – Unveiling

Street artists Charles and Janine Williams reveal ‘Hauhake’ - a rain art work on Queen St, outside Britomart Train Station, that can only be seen when it’s wet. The event marked the launch of the programme for Matariki Festival 2016. 

Matariki Festival Dawn Karakia

On Saturday 18 June 2016 over 400 people gathered at the library on Waiheke Island to herald in the Māori New Year at a dawn karakia, hosted by Ngāti Paoa. The event marked the launch of Matariki Festival.

Matariki Festival AMI Manu Aute Kite Day

Rain didn't dampen the fun at the AMI Manu Aute Kite Day at Ōrākei Marae, where whanau enjoyed a day of kapa haka, ta moko (tattoo) demonstrations, talks about the history of Bastion Point, Māori mask workshops and a Manu Aute kite weaving workshop. This event was sponsored by AMI Insurance.

The story of Matariki

This video tells the story of the separation of Ranginui and Papatūānuku. Following the separation, Tāwhirimātea, the god of the winds, became so upset that he tore his eyes out and threw them up into the sky. Some say that this is how Matariki came to be.

Matariki Festival He Huinga Whetū

Graduates of the Toi Māori Aotearoa Pao Pao Pao music mentoring programme paid tribute to its founder, the late Dr Hirini Melbourne, at Manurewa Marae on Thursday 30 June, 2016.

The seven-piece band, He Huinga Whetū, delighted audiences with their renditions of Hirini Melbourne’s compositions as part of the festival’s performance series on marae throughout Auckland.

Matariki Festival Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Kapa Haka Super 12s

One of Matariki Festival’s most popular events, Te Wānanga O Aotearoa Kapa Haka Super 12s on Saturday 10 July, 2016, brought people from all over Auckland to The Cloud at Queens Wharf.

The crows watched kapa haka teams battle it out for 12 minutes to wow the judges and win the $12,000 first prize.

Matariki Festival SolOthello

Audience members watched Māori performance mask (Te Mata Kokako o Rēhia) come to life as Regan Taylor unfolded a cheeky and dynamic one-man adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello, weaving together original prose, modern English and te reo Māori. Te Rēhia Theatre Company, in association with the British Council, presented this Matariki Festival performance series on marae throughout Auckland.

Te Korakora on Federal

The final weekend of Matariki Festival was celebrated at Te Korakora on Federal, where Federal Street was transformed into a celebration of street kai, with music, fashion and the flavours of Te Ao Māori.

The event featured performances from Poi360 and the Patea Maori Club, DJ Manchoo, Robert Ruha and Trinity Roots, as well as fashion shows by Shona Tawhiao, Kharl William WiRepa, Jeanine Clarkin and Designs by George.

Te Korakora on Federal was kindly supported by SKYCITY Auckland.

Matariki Festival 2016 Highlights

Check out some of the best moments from Matariki Festival 2016.