Matariki is known as the Maori New Year and is marked by the rising of the cluster of stars named Pleiades. A time of sharing and celebration. Check out the range of 2020 events on in the Waikato.

Commonly known as the Māori New Year and is marked by the rising of the cluster of stars named Pleiades or Matariki according to Māori.

There are many significant stories, locally she is known as the daughter of Papatuanuku and Raumati. According to Māori mythology, when their children separated Ranginui, the skyfather and Papatūānuku the earth mother, Tāwhirimātea God of the winds became so angry he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens. This was the creation of Matariki.

Event Details

The 2020 festival has taken a different approach to celebrations and events in the wake of COVID-19. Many of the annual events will be online with a collection of live opportunities to engage with kaupapa Māori in the mix too.

For more info on all of the great events below – visit facebook page

Matariki At The Museum

When: 26 July, 10am – 4pm
Where: Waikato Museum

Dish Challenge

Vote for your fave Matariki inspired dish from competing Waikato restaurants, cafes and eateries.
More information here: www.waikatofoodinc.com/matariki-dishchallenge

Source: waikatonz.com,  https://matarikiwaikato.nz/