Matariki ahunga nui
Puanga kai rau
If you have a smartphone, you can try out the Council Matariki app (for iPhone & Android) to see what’s happening. But if you still enjoy having a paper printout handy, then there’s also a printable outline of events, for events across the wider Wellington region.
Wondering what Matariki is? Many websites now set out the kaupapa of Matariki:
Here is our Wellington City Council kōrero, both in English and Te Reo Māori.
And for a website that covers all aspects of Matariki, try Kōrero Māori: Matariki
Wellington City Libraries are running a number of free events, so please check our Event Calendar for full details, but here’s a quick summary of what we’ll be up to to celebrate Matariki:
13 June, 10.15 am
Come along for waiata and storytime in te reo with Suezanne Pohe
Ruth Gotlieb Library, Kilbirnie
13 June, 3.30 pm
Students of Kilbirnie School will be in the library performing kapa haka
Mervyn Kemp Library, Tawa
Monday 24 June, 10.30 am
Come along for a Matariki-themed preschool storytime
Friday, 28 June, 3.30-4.30 pm
We’ll be having Matariki stories, songs and activities for the whole family. Here’s a snapshot:
- Name or draw a star for our Matariki family wall
- Try raranga harakeke – make a flax flower
- Make and learn to play tī rākau – stick games
12 June , 12.30-1.30 pm
Kōrero mō Puanga
Neavin Broughton will describe why Puanga, (Rigel of Orion’s Belt Constellation), rather than Matariki (Pleides) has become the focus of Taranaki, and northern iwi as they celebrate the Māori New Year.
13 June, 12.30-1.30 pm
Meet the Voyagers
Ko Mātau Ngā Amotawa
Meet Reuben Tipoki (Ngāti Kahungunu), new Captain and experienced crew of Te Matau a Māui, along with other experienced voyagers, to share their stories of ‘The best and the worst of times’ experienced out at sea. And here’s a useful link for more information about this waka.
22 June, 11-3 pm
Matariki Kotahitanga : A Family Fun Day with lots of activities!
See the Event Calendar listing for this event for a breakdown of what’s happening across this event.
Nau mai, haere mai