Matariki 2018

Matariki 2018 - A celebration of community, culture, people, language, spirituality and history. The rise of the Matariki constellation marks the beginning of the Maori new year; and this year AMI is again a sponsor of the Auckland Council Matariki Festival!

The Matariki Festival is taking place 30 Pipiri ki 22 Hōngongoi (30 June to 22 July). Te Kawerau a Maki is hosting this year’s festival - Te Kawerau a Maki are the third mana whenua iwi to host the festival, following on from Ngāti Manuhiri in 2017 and Ngāti Paoa in 2016.

What is Matariki?

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades and marks the start of the Maori new year. Matariki is translated to the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki). Both have given rise to myths explaining the creation of the star cluster.

Cycles of Life and Death

Matariki celebrates both life and death. It is a time to remember those who have passed as well as the celebrate the new harvest crops and seafood plus birds that have been collected.

In the coming weeks AMI will be taking part in the Dawn Karakia, Manu Aute Kite Day & InMotion Matariki parade. You can also contribute what Matariki means to you using the hashtag #MatarikiwithAMI on our social platforms – Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!

Dawn Karakia

When: Sat 30 June, 6am – 9.30am
Where: Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi

The Dawn Karakia opens the Matariki Festival celebrations and commemorate those who have passed, acknowledge those who remain and bless the new year with karanga, the sounds of ancient karakia and waiata.

InMotion Matariki

When: Saturday 21 July 5:30pm
Where: Silo Park, The Wynyard Quarter, Auckland

InMotion Matariki parade is a magical and illuminated evening parade to celebrate Matariki and the new year! Decorate your wheels and join the parade. Bring your bike, your scooter, wheelchair, skateboard, unicycle, power chair, or come on foot! The parade will start with a spectacular opening performance from Touch Compass and award winning Haka Fusion group Toka Tu.

Manu Aute Kite Day

Sun 8 July, 10am - Takaparawhau Reserve (Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park), 19 Hapimana St, Ōrākei

Sun 8 July, 11am - Pukewīwī (Winstone Park), 1129 Dominion Road, Mt Roskill

Sun 8 July, 12pm - Manu Tukutuku, Randwick Park, 137 Shifnal Drive, Manurewa

A special feature of Matariki celebrations is the flying of kites and the team from AMI will be at Manu Aute Kite Day in Orakei on Sunday the 8th July. We’ll have a chill out area, activities for the kids and some AMI goodies to give away – including kites. According to ancient custom the kites flutter close to the stars which makes them that much more special.

Keep an eye on and follow @MatarikiFestival on Facebook for updates. #MatarikiwithAMI