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Matariki - Te Tauranga o ngā Waka

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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.

Today, we celebrate Matariki as a nation with a public holiday, this year on Friday, 28 June 2024. It’s 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.

This year we launch a new name for our Matariki event series, Matariki - Te Tauranga o ngā Waka. This name encompasses Tauranga Moana and the Western Bay of Plenty, from Waiororo near Athenree in the north, to Ōtamarākau, near Maketu in the south.  The Matariki event series aims to include events within this wider area.

Matariki - Te Tauranga o ngā Waka festivities get underway on Saturday 8 June and run until Saturday 6 July. The region will come alive with events including live performances, exhibitions, workshops, family events, and more.

This year’s event programme embraces the themes of Waitī and Waitā, two of the stars in the Matariki cluster. Waitī signifies freshwater and Waitā saltwater. Both stars represent all living creatures and food sources sustained within their waters.

Nau mai – come and discover what Matariki means for our region and our people.

For all Matariki events, visit the website mymatariki.co.nz or download the Matariki events booklet.

Matariki events booklet (5mb pdf)

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