Twinkling in the winter sky just before dawn, Matariki signals the Māori New Year. For Māori, the appearance of Matariki holds a special time of remembrance, joy and peace. It is a time for whānau to come together and celebrate.
Nau Mai e te mātahi o te tau hou Māori. He karanga tēnei kia rauhiri mai ki tēnei kaupapa e mahuta mai ana, kia whakamānawa i a Matariki pūanga, Matariki ahunga nui.
Our Matariki ki te ao Festival will run for the duration of nine days in dedication to te Iwa ō Matariki, we welcome you to join our celebration with talented entertainment, Māori games and workshops, Māori educational stalls, School bus tours, Council facility activations, local pākihi, inspirational speakers, performances and delicious kai, night markets with the ultimate Matariki experience under our Matariki ki te ao dome.
Day 9 programme:
6am - 7.30am - Hautapu Ceremony at Māngere Maunga
9.30am - 9pm
- Pakihi market
- Star making
- Korowai making
- Mokopapa Wānanga: Manurewa Marae "Ko te manu i rewa"
- Matariki reading for the year (Planning)
- Educational informative screen presentation
- Digital Star Journey
- Haahi service, Prays and blessing of the new year
- Story Time
- Hāngi under the Whetu