Project: Matariki

Jun 2022 – Jul 2022
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Matariki

Matariki is a huge date in the Aotearoa calendar, but with the day now being an official public holiday, Matariki 2022 (Friday 24 June) is 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 some events to help you make the most of Matariki 2022:

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 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
  • MAJIC
  • 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

AVONDALE: Finding the Stars

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

Free, for all ages and every night
Friday 24th June – Sunday 10th July
(You can do it anytime and we recommend night time 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: Friday 24th June – Sunday 10th July
  • Time: 9 am - 8 pm
  • Suitable for: Families
  • Cost: Free
  • Event link
Finding the Stars
Finding the Stars

ONEHUNGA: Matariki ki Onehunga – Origins of Fire

The showpiece of Onehunga’s two-day festival will be a live projection 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.

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: 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

MANUKAU: Matariki ki Uta (FINISHED)

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 (FINISHED)

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 (FINISHED)

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

Keep an eye out for updates!

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