Project: Matariki

Jun 2022 – Jul 2022

Matariki is a huge date in the Aotearoa calendar, but with the day now being an official public holiday, Matariki 2022 (Friday 24 June) was a cause for extra attention.

Traditionally, Matariki is a period of solemn reflection, followed by a celebration of the present and a looking ahead to the future. It is an appreciation for the earth, the ocean and the environment, and for looking to the stars. We're extremely grateful to mana whenua for their guidance in how we approach this important and special time of the year.

Here are the events we held for Matariki 2022:

MANUKAU: Matariki ki Uta

Manukau will be host to a two-day festival centred around storytelling, kai and whānau.

The showpiece of the festival will be a live projection by Marcus Winter - aka the Sandman - each evening retelling the story of The Origin of Fire from a Māori perspective. Rediscover the importance of Māui (the adventurous demigod) and Mahuika (the Māori goddess of fire), surrounded by fun and enchantment.

After an opening kapa haka welcome, Friday's headline act will be a very special show from multi-instrumentalist Māmā Mihirangi and Mareikura.

Saturday's opening act, meanwhile, will be the Allana Goldsmith Group - get ready for breathtaking takes on classic songs. As for the headliner, we'll be treated to a show from none other than electronic funk sensation Laughton Kora!

There will be food trucks, workshops and storytelling throughout the day, honouring the tradition where people gather to share kai and kōrero during this period.

  • Where: Manukau Civic Square, 1 Osterley Way
  • When: Friday 24 June, Saturday 25 June (10am-10pm)
  • Suitable for: All ages
  • Cost: Free
  • EventLink
Matariki ki Uta
Matariki ki Uta

HENDERSON: Korowai by Hiria – Matariki Pop Up Shop

If you’re in or near Henderson, you’ll want to check out this Matariki Pop Up Shop at the KBH Showroom. We will have two Māori entrepreneur-driven brands, Korowai by Hiria and NZ Poi Shop, sharing expertise about korowai and poi, along with a full display of items available. What’s more, local Māori kuia and kaumātua (elders) Sonny & Gloria Niha will be there to share their mātauranga (knowledge) with us all. Learn about te reo Māori, tikanga Māori (Māori customs), poi, waiata (songs), korowaitanga and more!

  • Where: 14 Edmonton Road, Henderson
  • When: June 24 and 25 June
  • Time: 10am - 4pm
  • Suitable for: All ages
  • Cost: Free
  • Event link
Korowai by Hiria
Korowai by Hiria

HENDERSON: Road Cone Wonderland

Play on a giant dance floor with the hugely popular Road Cone Wonderland! When we put down road cones it’s usually because we’re starting some new mahi and need our space. This time, however, we want you to flock to the road cones - they’re here for a Matariki party.

Here, the usually boring road cones let loose - they’ll get lit up wirelessly with battery-driven lights to create a (very) low-resolution screen - a bit like a disco dancefloor, but made from cones!

Road Cone Wonderland is the brainchild of Paul van’t Hof, aka Goff, an artist passionate about merging technology, illumination and form into completely different experiences.

Come and help our road cone friends let loose for once - they’ll be back to work soon after…

  • Where: Te Puna, 14 Edmonton Road, Henderson
  • When: Friday 24 June, Saturday 25 June
  • Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
  • Suitable for: All ages
  • Cost: Free
  • Event link
Road Cone Wonderland
Road Cone Wonderland

AVONDALE: Matariki Night Ride

Returning due to the popularity of last year’s event, the cultural hub of Avondale will once again host the neon-lit Matariki Night Ride. Grab your pahikara (bike) and cycle down to the 3 Guys site for an evening of great kai (food), a waiata (song) from Avondale Primary School, korero (conversation), siva afi (a spectacular Samoan fire dance) performances and, of course, a thousand ways to look cool on two wheels.

Last year we had cyclists of all ages gliding through a bespoke nocturnal course with fairy lights, including beautiful art installations by Avondale Primary and Rosebank Primary School pupils. Many people went beyond safety lights, with some bikes glowing gloriously into the night. You can expect more of this for Matariki 2022!

Local heroes and event hosts Bike Avondale work hard all-year-round to help make Avondale more bike-friendly, and are an important cog in addressing Aotearoa’s climate change challenges. We’re always seeking to collaborate on environmentally friendly initiatives, and so we’re thrilled to be supporting this eco-focused celebration of the Māori new year.

  • Where: Old 3 Guys Site, 1909 Great North Rd, Avondale, Auckland 1026, New Zealand
  • When: Friday 1 July
  • Time: 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Suitable for: Families
  • Cost: Free
  • Event link
Matariki Night Bike Ride
Matariki Night Bike Ride

AVONDALE: Auckland Astronomical Society

The Auckland Astronomical Society is New Zealand's largest amateur astronomy organisation, with over 600 members. Based at Stardome, the AAS meets weekly to learn about astronomy, how to use telescopes and do astrophotography, and there is also a young astronomers group for school-aged children.

At Avondale, we will have a traditional telescope available for the public to look through as well as, on selected nights, a new digital telescope, which includes a camera within a telescope to provide a deeper look at celestial objects that cannot be seen with the naked eye, even through a telescope.

  • Where: July 2nd in Avondale Library and Community Centre
  • Where: July 3rd and 9th will be by the Avondale Spider which is in the Avondale township.
  • When: Saturday 2 July, Sunday 3 July, Saturday 9 July
  • Time: 7pm - 9 pm
  • Suitable for: Everyone
  • Cost: Free
Auckland Astronomical Society - Avondale
Auckland Astronomical Society - Avondale

WYNYARD QUARTER: Matariki on the Waterfront

Matariki on the Waterfront returns to Silo Park once more, promising two days of experiences to invigorate the soul and warm the senses during the cold of winter. See your waterfront come alive with a range of Matariki activities including live music, kapa haka, workshops, installations and kai, all in a place of connection, remembrance and renewal.

Iwi manaaki Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei will be joining the celebrations as Ahi Kā, keepers of the fires of Tāmaki Makaurau, with kapa haka, raranga, kai stalls, poi making and more.

Gather round the fire with us and celebrate Matariki down at Silo Park.

Stage lineup features:

  • Kapa Haka - Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei
  • Kaumātua Kapa Haka - Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei
  • Herbs
  • Māori Hifi DJ’s (Grantis & Gene Rivers)
  • Plus more to be announced

Kai stall lineup:

  • Kai Sisterz
  • Dots Puku Stall
  • Mussel Man
  • Māori Mex
  • Egg and Spoon Coffee

Where: Silo Park, corner of Jellicoe and Beaumont Street, Wynyard Quarter

When: Saturday 2 July (12pm–8pm), Sunday 3 July (12pm–5pm)

Suitable for: All ages

Cost: Free

Event link

Matariki on the Waterfront
Matariki on the Waterfront

WYNYARD QUARTER: Te Tomokanga ki te Pō (The Gateway to the Night)

Come down to Silo Park and see Te Tomokanga ki te Pō (The Gateway to the Night) by artist Graham Tipene (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Manu), a collaboration with Hawke House, Angus Muir, Fresh Concept and Eke Panuku for Matariki on the Waterfront 2022.

This incredible mahi toi (artwork) is a glowing waharoa standing 26 feet tall. The waka on either side of the waharoa represent the harbour; the two internal pou represent male and female; and the two hands and the bottom are the tupuna, Tumutumuwhenua, reaching through the earth. The centre pou is Whatu (Whātua) Kai Marie, a tupuna wahine of Ngāti Whātua. The nine feathers of Te Kāhu Pōkere above represent Te Iwa o Matariki.

  • Where: Silo Park, corner of Jellicoe and Beaumont Street, Wynyard Quarter
  • When: Monday 20 June - Thursday 7 July (best viewed at night, or around dawn / sunset)
  • Suitable for: All ages
  • Cost: Free
  • Event link
Te Tomokanga ki te Pō
Te Tomokanga ki te Pō

ONEHUNGA: Matariki ki Onehunga – Origins of Fire

For our final Matariki of celebration of 2022, head to Onehunga for something very special indeed.

For one, there’s the live entertainment:

Friday 15 July

7:00pm-7:20pm – HIWA Kapa Haka Group

The name HIWA derives from the wishing star Hiwa-I-te-Rangi, which is part of the Matariki cluster. The performance-based group are proud ambassadors of Māori cultural, heritage and knowledge in Tāmaki Makaurau. Together with their audience, they create moments of aspiration through song and dance by telling the stories of their ancestors in a fun and interactive environment.

HIWA are highly skilled with tī rākau stick games and poi, both of which were practised by warriors to develop the skills required when wielding Māori weaponry such as the taiaha or when manning waka.

7:30pm-7:50pm – The Sandman (aka Marcus Winter)

See the Sandman himself, Marcus Winter, visualise the story of Māui and the origins of fire with his trademark sand animation and a soundtrack by Honotahi.

Marcus’ breathtaking toi (art) is a natural fit for this Matariki celebration, and will be especially effective at lighting up the faces of our tamariki. The Sandman’s artistic passion stems from his culture, ancestry, country and desire to promote and preserve te ao Māori on an international scale.

8:00pm-8:45pm – Modern Māori Quartet

The award-winning Modern Māori Quartet (MMQ) brings the concept of a “Māori Ratpack” into the present with a contemporary twist, celebrating the entertainment legends of Māoridom such as the Hi-Marks, Māori Volcanics Showband, Dalvanius and the Fascinations, Māori Hi-Five, Māori Troubadours, Quin TIkis and The Howard Morrison Quartet.

MMQ’s live shows are parties like no other, weaving acting and musical abilities together through a mix of off-beat comedy, stage routines, unique takes on showband hits as well as pop music, and displays of distinctively Māori song and dance. With hearty voices in epic harmony, they share Māori traditions, aroha and tell Kiwi stories through both original and remixed waiata with signature tongue-in-cheek Māori humour, charm and charisma.

Saturday 16 July

7:00pm-7:20pm – Daniel&Ashley

Daniel&Ashley are a Korean husband-and-wife duo based in Aotearoa. When Ashley moved here from Australia, the pair wondered in what ways could they learn and embrace Māori culture. As they both love music, music was the method they naturally chose. Since then, their musical journey has been focused on approaching Waiata Māori in their style.

7:30pm-7:50pm – The Sandman (aka Marcus Winter)

Marcus will return for an immersive encore.

8:00pm-8:45pm – Beau Monga

Beau Monga is a music artist who is passionate about music/sound and his cultural background. He started off as a beatboxer and is now making original music. You may remember Beau back in the day as the 2015 NZ X Factor Winner. Having run away with the circus for a few years, it's been a while since Beau has performed in Aotearoa, but he’s back and better than ever.

We’ll also have performers to enjoy during the daytime on Saturday:

  • 11:00am-11:20am - Psalm
  • 11:30am-11:50am - Encore
  • 12:00pm-12:20pm - Piki te ora
  • 12:30pm-12:50pm - Good Friends Collective – Lemiko
  • 1:00pm-1:20pm - Piki te ora
  • 1:30pm-1:50pm - Good Friends Collective – Joe
  • 2:00pm-2:20pm - Uru Tabu Performing Arts Collective
  • 2:30pm-2:50pm - Rozay
  • 3:00pm-3:20pm - Villi Ville
  • 3:30pm-3:50pm- OKIS
  • 4:00pm-4:20pm- Tay the TaysteMaker ft. Sinbad

As for the food, we’ve got:

  • Spin Spuds Auckland - Spud on stick / Frybread
  • Chars Kai Basket - Boil up, Fritters
  • Mussel Man - Fritters, Oysters
  • Little Green - Indian Food
  • Master Food Coffee – Asian

Then there are all the Tāonga Māori arts and crafts stalls:

  • XMT Creations - Pounamu, Korowai, Koauau, Kakahu, Taonga Māori
  • Taiao Creative - Natural Māori Taonga, Hue
  • Whenu Ataahua - Kete, Potae, Earrings
  • Fayora Candles - Candles
  • M2Toi - Art
  • Momo - Fashion
  • KaHuri Designs - Maori wraps, korowai, kids taonga
  • Kiaora Korowai - Korowai, Canvas Korowai
  • KRS Apparel - Apparel
  • Akeakeake Clothing - Apparel
  • Akari Aotearoa - Body Treats
  • 312 The Hub - Store
  • Lily Kaukau Design - Jewellery

Be sure to check out the poi (Poi Yeah) and weaving (Poi Yeah/Te Puawai Mahi Toi) workshops, too.

Parking will be available at 39 Pleasant Street (near Onehunga High School) – about a 10 minute walk, perfect for coaxing out your appetite!

  • Where: Taumanu Reserve, Onehunga
  • When: Friday 15 July (5pm-10pm), Saturday 16 July (10am-10pm)
  • Suitable for: All ages
  • Cost: Free
  • Event link
Matariki ki Onehunga
Matariki ki Onehunga

AVONDALE: Finding the Stars

A UV blacklight search-and-find adventure to bring the stars together in Avondale

(You can do it anytime, however we recommend nighttime for best effect)

Go on a night-time loop around Avondale to find the 9 stars Matariki – and other surprises – by following navigational clues that can only be revealed with a UV blacklight torch. Free torch kits available from participating stores in Avondale.

Start your journey at the intersection of Great North Road and Rosebank Road.

  • Where: 1874 Great North Rd, Avondale, Auckland 1026, New Zealand
  • When: Tuesday 12 July – Sunday 17 July
  • Time: 9 am - 8 pm (however we recommend nighttime for best effect)
  • Suitable for: Families
  • Cost: Free
  • Event link
Finding the Stars
Finding the Stars

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