Matariki Events

Matariki is known as the Maori New Year and is marked by the rising of the cluster of stars named Pleiades. Matariki is a time of sharing and celebration. Check out the range of 2018 Matariki events on in the Hamilton & Waikato region.

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Matariki By Kahuranig - Pop Up Restaurant

When: 6-9 June
Where: University of Waikato
Kahurangi kick off the 2018 Matariki Dish Challenge with an exclusive “Pop up” restaurant series held at the University of Waikato.

Karanga o te Tau Hou – Matariki Dawn Ceremony

When:15 June 5:45am
Where: Te Parapara – Hamilton Gardens
Head along to this free event welcoming the new year with dawn karanga and karakia in Te Parapara Gardens. 

Matariki Stars

When: 16-17 June
Where: The Waikato Museum
Learn to weave whetu at the hui-a-toi table - all materials provided

Matariki Night Market

When: 20 June
Where: Tai Wānanga Ruakura Campus

Matariki Kauwhau Public Presentation

When: 22 June
Where: Te Kōpū Mānia Marae, Wintec
Te Kōpū Mānia and the Māori Achievement Unit extend a public invitation to attend the presentation by renowned leading wahine mareikura, Dr. Te Rita Papesch.

Matariki Kite Day

When: 24 June
Where: Hamilton Gardens
A fun day for the whole whanau, this even includes kite flying and manutukutuku making, as well as learning about Matariki, the Māori New Year. 

Matariki Community Art Exhibition

When: 27 - 30 June
Where: Twin Rivers Community Art Centre – Te Whare Toi o Ngaruawahia

Matariki ki Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

When: 15 July
Where: The Waikato Museum
The morning will include a Matariki storytelling session and craft activity, whilst the afternoon will feature Curator’s presentation and music performance. 

WHITI Open Mic Night

When: 27 July
Where: Creative Waikato
Whiti is a stage that welcomes new and seasoned performers to get up and let their talents shine!

Matariki in the City

When: 28 July
Where: Hamilton City Library 
Celebrate the Maaori New Year and its significance to Maaori culture at this fun, engaging day suitable for the whole whanau. 

Matariki Dish Challenge

When: 9 June – 14 July
Vote for your fave Matariki inspired dish from competing Waikato restaurants, cafes and eateries.
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