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Send wishes to Hiwa i te Rangi the wishing star in the Matariki cluster, bring the whānau to a fun family day of poi-making, weaving and star-viewing, and join in as students of Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi sing their special Matariki waiata.

Online, join two highlights of Matariki Festival as it draws to a close: a kōrero from Professor Rangi Matamua explaining the Māori divisions of time and contemporary Māori music celebrating Matariki in a live-streamed concert.

And find out here how you can see the Matariki stars rise from 13 to 15 July.

Search for an event near you at matarikifestival.org.nz/whats-on and check out the week’s highlights below:

Ōrākei Community Centre brings a fun family day

Bring the kids and join us for a fun day of crafts, weaving and poi-making on Saturday 11 July at Ōrākei Community Centre, 156 Kepa Road. Write a wish to Hiwa i te Rangi, the wishing star in the Matariki cluster, or view the stars from inside a pop-up stardome as experts from Te Toki Voyaging Trust tell stories about voyaging, stars and waka.

Proudly supported by Ōrākei Local Board.

Send wishes to a star and join a special Matariki waiata

Ahi Kaa is the concept of keeping the home fires burning and celebrating the strength of family and community. Ahi Kaa comes to Glen Eden Town Centre at 2pm on Tuesday 14 July around the time the Matariki stars rise.

Come along and write your message to a loved one or send your wish for the future to Hiwa i te rangi, the wishing star, and join us for the singing of a special Matariki waiata – the Waiata Maumahara – composed by students of Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi. View the lyrics on our website and sing along to the video. Bring your voice and join in.

Proudly supported by Waitākere Ranges Local Board.

Must-watch kōrero with Professor Rangi Matamua

A Matariki Festival highlight, don’t miss Matariki on the Move: Kōrero – Te Whetū o te Tau. Watch the online release of a kōrero session from Professor Rangi Matamua as he talks about Matariki, the star cluster that heralds the start of the Māori new year and its connection to Māori divisions of time. View online via Matariki TV on Tuesday 14 July from 7 to 8pm.

Māori music stars close festival with an online concert

Brand new waiata from award-winning Māori musician, Maisey Rika, will bring the curtain down on an extraordinary Matariki Festival. This online event is happening from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday 15 July.

Featuring the stunning vocal talents of Maisey Rika and including recently released singles from her new album Matariki i te Pō, this event will be live-streamed on Facebook in a virtual Matariki concert.

Supporting Maisey is one of New Zealand’s most prolific songwriters, APRA Silver Scroll Awards winner and Pacific RnB artist, Seth Haapu.

Proudly supported by Whakaata Māori (Māori Television).


Matariki Festival is proudly hosted by Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland Council) in collaboration with Waikato-Tainui, with the support of Vector Lights (principal partner) and Britomart (supporting partner).

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