Matariki celebrations arrive

Last years Matariki celebrations in Dargaville

Matariki celebrations observing the Maori New Year begin this weekend.

Saturday, June 10, the Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust Matariki Kapahaka Festival is on. Eleven local schools will be performing from 9.30am–3.30pm at Otamatea High School. There will be community group and food stalls.

In Dargaville on Saturday June 10, 2-7pm at Selwyn Park, there will be music, workshops, hangi, and a live fire show at 6pm. Food and coffee stalls will be available. There is still space for community group stalls. Contact Olly Knox 021 126 7710.

The director of Planetarium North, Peter Felhofer is leading a seminar about stars and their use as ‘Clocks, Calendars and Compasses’ at the Matakohe Community Hall on Wednesday, June 21, 6.30pm–8.30pm.

$20 per adult, $15 students/seniors and $10 per child (recommended for eight years plus).

An exhibition involving local schools titled ‘E Whitu nga Whetu, nga Rakau e Whitu: Seven Stars, Seven Trees’, also runs from 26–28 of June at The Kauri Museum. Other events and workshops are yet to be announced. Check here

The Te Hana Te Ao Marama Maori Cultural Centre is celebrating Matariki with Dennis Marsh and Brendan Dugan Friday, June 23. The event is at 311 State Highway 1, Te Hana. Doors open 5pm, show at 8pm till late. Tickets $30. 09 423 8701/09 423 9566 or

At Ruawai Primary school Matariki celebrations will be on Friday, June 30, from 9am–3pm. There will be food, traditional games, flax weaving and more.


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