Join friends and whānau to celebrate Matariki, the Māori New Year.
Matariki Tauranga Moana invites everyone to discover the significance of Matariki and explore ways to observe the Māori New Year with whānau and friends.
Matariki Tauranga Moana 2019 will see the city come alive with a programme of events including live performances, exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops and family events.
Matariki Tauranga Moana 2019 programme of events
Take part, learn about what Matariki means for our city and our people, and bind together the threads of Matariki.
Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster also known as the Pleiades. In the last few days of May or first days of June each year, we can observe Matariki rise in the north-eastern horizon just before dawn. The first new moon following the rise of Matariki is the first day of the Māori New Year.
Traditionally, the rise of Matariki was a sign to ensure food crops had been harvested and the storehouses were well-stocked for the coming year. Matariki also brought communities together to share and to learn from each other.
Nowadays, Matariki has become a time of revitalisation and resurgence of te reo Māori and mātauranga Māori. Matariki is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate our history and make plans for our future. In doing so, we acknowledge our traditions, language and culture, which together give us a sense of who we are.
Matariki Tauranga Moana invites everyone to discover the significance of Matariki and explore ways to observe the Māori New Year with whānau and friends. Each year we invite you to come along and learn about what Matariki means for our city and our people through a rich programme of events.
Matariki Tauranga Moana is proudly brought to you and supported by Aongatete Forest Project, Baycourt, Department of Conservation, Incubator, Family Forest, Hemasphere, Ngai Te Rangi, Royal Society Te Apārangi, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga City Council and Te Puna i Rangiriri Trust.
Last Reviewed: 13/05/2019