Matariki Festival 2016

A celebration of community, culture, people, language, spirituality and history

We’ve been around for 90 years, supporting local communities
and helping look after New Zealanders and the things that are important to them.

Supporting large community events which bring people together is important to us. We believe connected communities are safer and stronger. This is why we’ve teamed up with Auckland council and are proud to support Matariki Festival for 2016.

The rise of the Matariki star cluster marks the start of Maori New Year, a time when friends and whānau come together to give thanks, reflect on the past and look to the year ahead. Matariki Festival celebrates this special time with 29 days of culture, food, fun and entertainment. With over 100 events across Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), there is lots to see and do - from kapa haka to manu aute and culinary delights, there’s something for everyone.

AMI Manu Aute Kite Day

As one of the festival’s hero events, we’re proud to support AMI Manu Aute Kite Day - a free family event at one of Auckland’s most famous maraes. Kite lovers from all over come together at Ōrākei Marae to celebrate the universal tradition of kite flying – symbolically connecting heaven and earth. Wrap up warm, bring a picnic, grab your friends and whānau and spend the day watching the sky fill with kites of all shapes and sizes.

Kite Day update

Being in the business we are, we know the weather can be unpredictable and sometimes cause havoc to best laid plans. The wet and stormy weather forecasted for this weekend isn’t optimal conditions for kite flying. And because safety is important, we don’t want to take our chances. Organisers have made a call to cancel the outdoor kite flying programme at AMI Manu Aute Kite Day tomorrow (which is a real shame).

Due to severe wind and weather warnings with heavy rain forecast for the weekend, organisers have made a wet weather call to cancel the outdoor kite-flying programme tomorrow.

With winds predicted to reach over 60kmph, this decision has been made based on the advice from our friends at Civil Defence and the professional kite fliers who had planned to feature kites on the day.

Even though Tāwhirimātea (Maori god of wind and storms) has decided to come out and play, we’re not going to let that ruin our fun. There’ll still be a load of indoor activities taking place at the Marae, with lots to see and do.

Starting with a morning powhiri, the marae will host a variety of events throughout the day including kapa haka performances and workshops, kite weaving, tattoo and Maori mask demonstrations.

So regardless what the weather ends up doing this weekend, we hope it takes a break enough for you to head to the marae with your whanau and friends and join in the fun.

AMI Manu Aute Kite Day (FREE EVENT)
Rāhoroi 25 Pipiri 2016 (Saturday 25 July 2016)
Ōrākei Marae – 59B Kitemoana Street
9.30am powhiri, 10 am - 4pm

Keep an eye on Facebook for further updates

AMI Lost and Found

We’ll be right here at AMI Manu Aute Kite day and Te Wananga O Aotearoa Kapa Haka Super 12’s with our lost and found tent. So if you happen to lose your stuff at either of these events, come check with us.

Maori marae
Women dancing with poi
Kites in the sky
Maori men haka

About Matariki

Matariki is the Māori name for Pleiades - an internationally recognised galactic cluster which can be viewed from anywhere in the world.

The rise of the Matariki star cluster is an important time in the Māori calendar as it signifies the Māori New Year. Acknowledged at slightly different times by different iwi, the tendency in modern New Zealand society is to mark the occasion at the emergence of the first new moon following the rising of the Matariki constellation, which this year was Monday, 6 June.

Historically, New Year celebrations provided the opportunity for communities to come together, acknowledge the year gone by and look towards the year ahead. This involved the sharing of kai (food), kōrero (speeches or stories), rituals and entertainment. Today it has also become a special time of year for us to celebrate the unique place we live in, to show respect for the land we live on, and share and grow with each other.

To find out more about Matariki 2016 and all the different events happening visit