Matariki 2019 - where to celebrate

Matariki – our Māori New Year - is almost here and there are multiple events coming up to celebrate. Celebrations in Auckland will begin on June 22, with a Matariki Dawn Karakia at Pukekawa in the Auckland Domain. Check out more events and read about why Matariki is so important.



Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars which is visible in our night sky at a specific time of the year.


In 2019, from 25 to 28 June, Matariki will re-appear in the dawn sky – signalling the start of the Māori New Year.


Our tūpuna (ancestors) would look to Matariki for help with their harvesting.


When Matariki disappeared in April/May, it was time to preserve crops for the winter season. When it re-appeared in June/July, tūpuna would read the stars to predict the upcoming season – clear and bright stars promised a warm and abundant winter while hazy stars warned of a bleak winter.


It is a time to celebrate new life, to remember those who’ve passed and to plan for the future. And it’s a time to spend with whānau and friends – to enjoy kai (food), waiata (song), tākaro (games) and haka.


Because Māori follow the Māori lunar calendar, not the European calendar, the dates for Matariki change every year.


Celebrations in Auckland will begin on June 22, with a Matariki Dawn Karakia at Pukekawa in the Auckland Domain, make sure to herald in the Māori new year alongside host iwi, Waikato-Tainui.


You’ll be able to the iwi’s story in lights on the Auckland Harbour Bridge as it will be lighting up for Matariki every Friday and


Saturday night between 6pm and midnight. The show runs for eight minutes every half hour from June 27-July 14.


Learn about the stars and traditional navigation for Matariki on The Move and watch the skies fill with kites of all shapes and sizes during Manu Aute Kite Day.


Witness exhilarating live performances at Te Taumata Kapa Haka and dance the night away under the Matariki stars while enjoying a stellar line-up of musical talent at Te Korakora on Federal July 12.


With more than 100 events taking place across Tāmaki Makarau there is something for everyone.


See what else is on via the Matariki website.