Whakanuia a Matariki ki Tamatea

  • Matariki Hunga Nui ki Tamatea
    Central Hawke's Bay celebrate Matariki

Friday 1 July
5.00pm - 8.30pm
Russell Park, Waipukurau
More info

Dress up warm to energise the soul and warm the senses in the chill of winter to celebrate Matariki on Friday 1st July. Russell Park will come alive with Feast Matariki so find a table, pull up a seat and join us at this national food celebration with live entertainment, and a place of connection, remembrance and renewal for all. There’s singers, dancers, kapa haka and bands. The finale is a spectacular fireworks display in Russell Park. Come share this special time of the year with us in Waipukurau.

  • Ngā Tohu o Te Tau Hou
    Celebrating the Māori New Year at Ātea a Rangi

Ātea a Rangi - Star Compass, Waitangi Regional Park, Awatoto
Free public events - more info

Monday 20 - Thursday 23 June 
6:00am - 7.00am
Kōrero by local waka navigators
Sighting Matariki, stars and planets
If poor weather, kōrero will be inside heated marquee with whare whetū (planetarium)

Tuesday 22 - Saturday 25 June
Ngāti Kahungunu Mārama sound and light trail - more details

Friday 24 June
9.00am - 12.00pm
Whānau activities learning about Matariki and other whetū (stars)
Ātea a Rangi kōrero 
Traditional Kai tastings
Rongoā Māori samplings
Native tree planting (bring gumboots)

12.00pm - 2.00pm
Whānau entertainment
Kai and coffee food trucks