Matariki is Maori New Year – it’s all about the stars, Pleiades or Seven Sisters to be precise, that rises in mid-winter and heralds a New Year celebration of harvest, new life and bounty. One of the great traditions of Matariki is balloon and kite festivals that flutter “close to the stars”. Come and enjoy the community festivities. Read more about Matariki here.
Matariki Events & Experiences
June Wed – Sun, Auckland
Matariki Dawn planetarium show
‘Matariki Dawn’ looks at cultural and astronomical aspects of this group of spectacular stars.
June 20 - July 6, Auckland
When Sun & Moon Collide
A small, rural settlement in the middle of nowhere is in turmoil. Somebody knows what happened to two Danish backpackers who disappeared a year ago on a local walking track. Is it Isaac, who runs the local tearooms? Or is it his only customer, the anorexic Francie? Perhaps it's Declan, recently released from prison for a crime he didn't commit?
June 17, 21, 27, July 1, Auckland
Matariki on the Move: Ngahau
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa presents Ngahau, a series of performance showcases throughout south and east Auckland featuring students from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa performing arts courses.
June 22, 23, 25, 29, 30, July 2, Auckland
Matariki on the Move: Waiata
Modern Māori Quartet shares songs and music with Auckland. Come along and discover Māori entertainment and its significance to our history with an unmissable cabaret-style music showcase. This touring musical performance will be taking place at locations from Papakura to Pakiri.
July 1, Auckland
Te Taumata Kapa Haka
Don’t miss thrilling, live performances by some of New Zealand’s best kapa haka. See some of the top groups in the country, bringing their unique style of Māori performing arts excellence to Auckland.
June 29 - July 1, Auckland
The New Zealand Dance Company presents Kiss The Sky
The New Zealand Dance Company forges its stellar reputation for extraordinary contemporary dance with the premiere of its 2017 triple bill Kiss The Sky. Showcased will be works by three exceptional international choreographers on the theme of the seasons, the southern sky, and time, presented to coincide with the Matariki (Māori New Year) Festival.