Join friends and whānau each year in a celebration of Matariki, the Māori New Year.
Each year, the winter stars of Matariki signal the arrival of the Māori New Year.
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 traditions. Matariki is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate our history and make plans for the news layers of our future. In doing so, we acknowledge our traditions, language and culture, which gives 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 Tauranga City Libraries, Baycourt, Creative Bay of Plenty, Department of Conservation, EmployNZ, the Incubator, Ngai Te Rangi, Tauranga City Council, Tauranga City Libraries, Te Puna i Rangiriri Trust and Youth Service.
Last Reviewed: 16/07/2019