MATARIKI AHI KĀ - Wellington
Toni Huata

MATARIKI AHI KĀ - Wellington

Manawatia a Matariki 


Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki

Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi

Mānawa maiea te Mātahi o te Tau.


Remembrance - Remembering those who have passed during the year.


Celebrating the present - Gathering to celebrate with feasting, games and joyful activities.


Looking to the future - Planning for the year ahead with hope, dreams, wishes into reality.


The celebration of the Matariki dates back over 700 years and is accompanied by long-established traditions throughout the world. The rising of Puanga (also known as the star Rigel in Orion) and the Matariki star cluster (also known as Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters) marks the start of the Māori New Year, a time for remembering the past, celebrating the present, and looking to the future. 


Come celebrate with us at:


Matariki Ahi Kā 6pm–9pm, Thursday 13–Sunday 16 July Wellington Waterfront.


An immersive journey with projections onto Te Papa Tongarewa, performances, fire, and kai; and ‘Hiwa-i-te-rangi: the Wishing Star’, and ‘Pōhutukawa: honouring those who have passed away’ ceremonies at 8pm each evening with Toni Huata. 


And also, the stunning Mana Moana Pōneke 6pm–9pm, 1–2, 8–9, 13–16 July Whairepo Lagoon Stories from our ocean projected on water.


See you all there!


Matariki, Mataliki, Mata'ai'i, Makali'i e

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