Listen, learn, share, sing, celebrate together... Celebrate Matariki - the Māori New Year.

Ngā Hau E Wha National Marae.

Matariki hunga nui - Matariki has many admirers.

Nau mai haere mai koutou.

What is Matariki?

Matariki is an important cluster of stars to Māori, which is used as a way to calculate time and seasons, navigate oceans, preserve knowledge and stories, maintain customary practices and inspire action and achievement.

The pre-dawn rise of Matariki can be seen in the cold months of takarua / winter  every year and the new year is marked at either the sighting of Matariki or the next new moon which usually occurs during June.

Today Matariki means celebrating the unique place in which we live and giving respect to the whenua / land we live on. It is a special time to celebrate the customs and art forms and uniqueness of Māori culture. It is the coming together of whānau / family and friends and of sharing each other’s skills, achievements and history. There is story telling, song and dance, carving and weaving, ancient ceremonies and passing on of knowledge and history. Throughout Matariki we learn about those who came before us: whakapapa, whānau, iwi - our history, our family, our bones.

Matariki signals growth. It’s a time of change, a time to prepare and a time of action. During Matariki we acknowledge what we have and what we have to give. Matariki celebrates the diversity of life. It’s a celebration of culture, language, spirit and people.

Celebrate Matariki

We have a great range of events throughout the city during Matariki and in particular with Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi: Christchurch City Libraries.

For more information, please ask staff at your local library or visit the Christchurch City Libraries website(external link).