Matariki

Whangārei Takiwa Arohatia Matariki banner.

Matariki is the name given by Māori to a cluster of stars, part of a constellation known in Western astronomy as Pleiades (or Subaru in Japan). The appearance of the stars in the dawn sky in late May, early June marks the start of a new phase of life - the Aotearoa Pacific new year.

While various Iwi celebrate Matariki at different times, most festivities begin at the next new moon after Matariki has risen. In 2022 this period is 21 June to 29 June.

There are two English translations of Matariki - mata riki (tiny eyes) or mata ariki (eyes of god) referring to the eyes watching over the land and its people.

The celebration of Matariki has undergone a revival in recent years, with a growing awareness among New Zealanders of Māori traditions contributing to their unique cultural identity.

Matariki is a growing tradition celebrating people, language, spirituality and history.


2022 Matariki Festival

Free activities for all ages to celebrate Matariki at Whangārei Central Library.

Workshops for adults

Flax Weaving Workshop - Intro Basic - BOOKED OUT
Wednesdays 8 June and 6 July 2022
- for people with little or no flax weaving experience.
- Prior registration required.

Flax Weaving Workshop - Intro Basic Plus - BOOKED OUT
Wednesdays 15 June and 13 July 2022
- for people who have completed the Intro Basic workshop or have had prior flax weaving experience.
- Prior registration required.

Workshops for children

Poi Making Workshop
Saturday 18 June 2022
- for children 7 to 10 years.

Wheku Mask Workshop
Saturday 23 July 2022
- for children 8 to 12 years.

Matariki Preschool Funtimes
Wednesdays and Thursdays 22 June to 7 July 2022.