Matariki Tauranga Moana 2018

Matariki Tauranga Moana invites everyone to discover the significance of Matariki and explore ways to observe the Māori New Year with whānau and friends. Matariki Tauranga Moana 2018 will see the city comes alive with a five-week programme of events including live performances, exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops and family events.

Each year, the winter stars of Matariki signal the arrival of the Māori New Year. Traditionally, the rise of Matariki was a sign to ensure food crops had been harvested and the storehouses were well-stocked for the coming year. Matariki also brought communities together to share and to learn from each other. Nowadays, Matariki has become a time of revitalisation and resurgence of te reo Māori and mātauranga Māori traditions. Matariki is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate our history and make plans for the new layers of our future. In doing so, we acknowledge our traditions, language and culture, which gives us a sense of who we are.


Here is a list of upcoming events in Downtown Tauranga for Matariki, for the full programme head to My Tauranga.


Exhibition: E ai ki a Walter: According to Walter - Tauranga City Library, Willow Street

Matariki Lecture Series: Mauri the Miracle - Tauranga City Council, Willow Street

He Kura E Huna Ana: Baycourt X-Space

Matariki Lecture Series: Puawai Cairns - Tauranga CIty Council, Willow Street

Cultural Connections: Tauranga City Council, Willow Street

The Maori Sidesteps: Baycourt Addison Theatre





Matariki 2018
2 June - 6 July



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