Matariki events

There are many festivals and events held in the community during Matariki. Many local community groups and councils run activities. Find out about the Auckland and Wellington events.

Massey University events

Monday 15 June Karakia – Online University wide event to welcome Matariki and the return to campuses.
Wednesday 22 July  Campus events. To be confirmed.

Participating in Matariki

The individual stars that make up Matariki provide an opportunity to focus on different aspects of health and wellbeing and the environment during the season creating themes that can be applied to guide activities over this time.

Additional links and activities will be upload over the next few weeks.


Star - whetū


Activity suggestions

Week 1
15 -21 June


Preparation for Matariki

Whangai i te Hautapu - Health and wellbeing

Increase your knowledge about Matariki – The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa has excellent resources.

Māori astronomer Dr Rangi Matamua shares his knowledge via his online video and web series Living by the Stars.

Watch Dr Matamua talk about traditional ceremonies and some ideas for celebrating in a modern way.

Learn how to spot Matariki at dawn in the eastern sky or visit your local observatory which often have Matariki events.

Week 2
22-28 June


Matariki tohu mate, Matariki whanaunga kore - Matariki the kinless

Honouring those who have passed.

Light candles or lanterns for those friends and whānau who have passed in the last year.

Visit and tend graves and memorials.

Week 3
29 June –
5 July


Hauhake tū, ka tō Matariki. Food from the forest and gardens

Learn about traditional kai

Take a bush walk.

Have a feast and include some Māori kai such as kumara or puha.

Try some Māori receipies. There are many sites that offer resources including the New Zealand Now website.

Week 4
6 – 12 July

Waitī / Waitī

Matariki tāpuapua - Kai from the ocean and fresh water

Take the kids eeling.

Go fishing.

Take a beach walk and pick up any rubbish.

Clean up a local creek.

Week 5
13 -19 July

Waipuna ā rangi/Ururangi

Ka kite a Matariki

Ka rere ake te korokoro

Honouring the rains and winds

Make and fly kites.

Attend kite days.

Week 6
20 – 26 July

Hiwa I te rangi

Kia ara ake, kia tō a Matariki, kua haere ētahi mahi.

Goals and aspirations

Set your goals and aspirations.

Mū Torere Game

Learn how to play the Māori board game Mū Torere. You can download and print our Mū Torere Game board.

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