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Events lining up for Matariki


Ātea a Rangi, Waitangi Regional Park will again be hosting a galaxy of events to celebrate the Māori New Year this month.

The annual event run by Ātea a Rangi Trust explores how the stars of Matariki connect with the taiao/environment and features a range of free educational, cultural and environmental activities aimed at school children.

This school and community week will run from June 19 to 23.

There will also be a Whānau Marama Light Show with entertainment, and education and korero about Ātea and stars of Matariki from 6pm to 9pm from June 20 to July 14.

On June 23 Te Takanga o te Rā o Takurua/ Winter Solstice - Matariki Hautapu – will be held at 5am.

While the national public holiday is on July 14, in Hawke’s Bay Ngati Kahungunu have seen Matariki rising around 15 June every year, so runs its programme a bit earlier.

The Matariki public dates are set to acknowledge that different Iwi that live in different areas of Aotearoa will see Matariki/Puanga at different times by a couple of days or weeks.

More information about these events can be found at

Save the date for more Matariki celebrations in July:

Matariki Tāpuapua at The Pond in Flaxmere Park – July 6, 6pm to 9pm

Whakanuia a Matariki Hākari at Tōmoana Showgrounds – July 14, 6pm to 9pm

Matariki Pūrākau at Civic Square – July 15, 6pm to 9pm.

31 May 2023

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