2018 Events

Screen Shot 2018-06-12 at 10.11.06 am

Matariki By Kahurangi – Pop Up Restaurant

6-9 June 2018 https://www.matarikibykahurangi.co.nz/Screen Shot 2018-05-30 at 9.45.14 am.png Kahurangi are proud to open the Matariki Dish Challenge for 2018 with an exclusive “Pop up” restaurant series at the University of Waikato. This June, we will explore the tikanga of Maori techniques and tastes, in four unique fine-dining experiences. We will draw inspiration from local produce and traditions, our own industry-leading technology and methods, from the people we surround ourselves with and the wider University community. We want to bring people together to share not just food, but also the conversation, replenishment and growth that comes from sharing food. So please, join us. MENU Seven-course degustation with wine pairing  – $120 pp

Karanga o te Tau Hou – Matariki Dawn Ceremony

Te Parapara – Hamilton Gardens | 15 June 5.45am | free event Welcoming the new year with dawn karanga and karakia in Te Parapara Gardens. Garden_-_TeParapara_-_001-533x400 Image credit: Hamilton Gardens website

Matariki Stars

The Waikato Museum | 16-17 June 10am-5pm | free event Join us to weave whetu at the hui-a-toi table. All materials will be provided. Nau mai whānau. Screen Shot 2018-05-29 at 5.18.44 pm.png

 Matariki Night Market

Tai Wānanga Ruakura Campus | 27 June 5pm-9pm |free to attend- items for saleScreen Shot 2018-05-29 at 4.59.29 pm.png

Matariki Kauwhau Public Presentation

 Te Kōpū Mānia Marae, Wintec |Friday 22 June, 11.30am | free event

On behalf of Te Kōpū Mānia and the Māori Achievement Unit, we extend a public invitation to attend the presentation by renowned leading wahine mareikura, Dr. Te Rita Papesch. She will be presenting on a range of kaupapa Māori pertaining to her journey thus far. Her passions include Kapa Haka and Te Reo Māori revitalisation but her greatest achievement is her large whānau. She is a mother of seven, grandmother to 31 moko and great-grandmother to 12.


Matariki Kite Day

Hamilton Gardens | 24 June, 11.30am – 2.30pm | free event This fun day for the whole whanau includes kite flying and manutukutuku making while learning about Matariki, the Māori New Year. Attendees will receive a complimentary gift bag with Matariki and te reo Māori resources. Spot prizes for kite flyers and a free sausage sizzle. Screen Shot 2018-05-29 at 5.41.03 pm.pngScreen Shot 2018-05-29 at 5.41.15 pm.pngScreen Shot 2018-05-29 at 5.40.53 pm.png

Matariki Community Art Exhibition

Twin Rivers Community Art Centre – Te Whare Toi o Ngaruawahia | 27-30 June Screen Shot 2018-05-30 at 11.11.05 am.png

Matariki Celebrations

Hamilton Junior High School|  28 June 4pm-6.30pm

The newly formed kapa haka rōpū of Hamilton Junior High School, Te Au o Tamatea, are inviting public along to come and support their fundraiser for kapa haka uniforms. There will be Kapa Haka performances, Matariki art exhibition with artworks for sale, sausage sizzle, bake store, face painting and more. Tautoko mai!

Screen Shot 2018-06-07 at 2.14.04 pm.png

Matariki School Holiday Workshops Te Awamutu Museum36063938_1189589327850276_1237632471730749440_n.jpg

Winter Solstice Matariki Celebration

Coroglen School | Saturday 23 June 5pm Screen Shot 2018-06-11 at 11.50.07 am.png

Matariki ki Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

The Waikato Museum | 15 July 11am- 4pm | free event

Matariki storytelling session and craft activity in the morning with Curator’s presentation and music performance in the afternoon. Programme: –  11am – 1pm Whaea Around The Fire Igniting traditional storytelling and craft session with Museum staff – 2pm Rerehau: Riding the fast wind – How do we survive an even faster future? Museum Curator Maree Mills draws upon the wisdom of our ancestors to empower you with tools to not only cope with change but to ride it and, better still, drive it. – 3pm Matariki Music – An afternoon of melody with local performing artists Mrs Dlitevisuals-000032726419-QFhtC3-original.jpg

Pop Up Shop & Art Exhibition37276707_1805472106185236_4152095505251303424_o.jpg

WHITI Open Mic Night

Creative Waikato | 27 July  Doors open 7.30pm | free event With the epic emerging talent in the region, Whiti is a stage that welcomes new and seasoned performers to get up and let your talents shine! Rock in & sign up on the night to share your shine. No cost to attend or perform. Spread the word to all your friends & whaanau! Light refreshments provided.


Matariki in the City

Hamilton City Library, Garden Place | 28 July, 10am – 2pm | free event

Celebrating the Maaori New Year and its significance to Maaori culture. Matariki in the City is a fun, engaging day suitable for the whole whanau. The day includes cultural performances, learn to make manu tukutuku and purerehua, storytelling, traditional Maaori games, and much more.



Matariki with the Waitai Sisters

21st July


Matariki @ Thyme Square


Matariki Dish Challenge

9 June – 14 July https://www.matarikidishchallenge.co.nz/ Vote for your fave Matariki inspired dish from competing Waikato restaurants, cafes and eateries.   Screen Shot 2018-05-30 at 9.58.03 am.png