Information about Matariki and events to celebrate Matariki hosted by Whangarei District Libraries.
10/02/2021 3:13 p.m.
Matariki is the name given by Māori to a cluster of stars, part of a constellation known in Western astronomy as Pleiades (or Subaru in Japan). The appearance of the stars in the dawn sky in late May, early June marks the start of a new phase of life - the Aotearoa Pacific new year.
While various Iwi celebrate Matariki at different times, most festivities begin at the next new moon after Matariki has risen. In 2021 this Pipiri is 2 to 10 July.
There are two English translations of Matariki - mata riki (tiny eyes) or mata ariki (eyes of god) referring to the eyes watching over the land and its people.
The celebration of Matariki has undergone a revival in recent years, with a growing awareness among New Zealanders of Māori traditions contributing to their unique cultural identity.
Matariki is a growing tradition celebrating people, language, spirituality and history.
2021 Matariki events
Watch this page for free activities for all ages to celebrate Matariki at Whangarei Central Library.