Puanga Matariki

Matariki Puanga 2022.


Nau mai, haere mai ki te whakanui i a Puanga rāua ko Matariki! 

Celebrate the rising of Matariki and the beginning of the Māori New Year!

What is Matariki?

Matariki is the Māori name given to the cluster of stars that rise at dawn in mid-Winter, signifying the start of a new year. 

During this time Māori mourn loved ones lost during the year, forecast the bounty of the new year and send their deepest dreams and desires to the heavens. There are an estimated 500 stars in total in the Matariki cluster, and a small number can be seen without a telescope. The cluster is often referred to as the mother and daughters – Matariki being the mother with her daughters. 

Join us to learn about the Māori New Year, and gather with family and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future.

This year’s Puanga Matariki events will take place between 24 June – 10 July. Organised by Horowhenua District Council in partnership with Iwi, a variety of fantastic events will be on offer, focusing on each of the stars of Matariki.

Events & Activities Programme

We have partnered with Iwi to provide a jam-packed two week programme to celebrate Matariki. There are a range of free events taking place between 24 June and 10 July. Make sure to check out the starting times and location of each event so you don’t miss out!


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