Events 2015

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We’ve got you and your whanau covered for Matariki celebrations happening in our rohe this year. Plenty to see and do from concerts, gigs, art exhibitions, waananga, floor talks, live art demos, pop up galleries, markets, competitions and much more…

Scroll down below for Matariki festivities happening in the Waikato. Get in touch if you’ve got events to add.

18 July- Garden Place

Matariki in the City


This is our big whanau flagship event. Come and join in on all the fun and performances: stage performers, market and kai stalls and in Central Library manu aute making (traditional kites), puora making, storytelling and a inflatable Cosmodome planetarium giving you a virtual tour of outer space.

Join the Facebook group for more updates here.

Whaanau friendly- NO COST EVENT

Matariki Poster Final

 25 th JULY
10am -2pm

Kore he utu- Free entry

Twin Rivers Art Centre

Next to RSA 

4 Market St


Scroll down to see the many ways Waikato celebrated Matariki 2015 and be sure to visit our website for 2016 updates.

Opens 4 May – Close 3 July

Waikato District Story Competition

Write an short story, poem or design a book cover to be in to win. For entry form and more details click here.


16 May – 31 July

Matariki Suitcase Art Exhibition

Specially commissioned work by artists throughout the Waikato District. Book a visit to your local local library or the Council office on the following dates to view the Exhibition:


  • NGARUAWAHIA LIBRARY: Mon 18 May – Mon 25 May
  • RAGLAN LIBRARY: Tues 26 May – Fri 5 June
  • TE KAUWHATA LIBRARY: Mon 22 June – Fri3 July
  • HUNTLY LIBRARY: Mon 6 July – Fri 17 July
  • NGARUAWAHIA COUNCIL OFFICE: Mon 20 July – Fri 31 July

25 May

Tino Reka Te Kai – Matariki Menu Challenge


Judging/voting 15 June to 19 July, 2015

The Matariki Dish Challenge has begun! Some of the best local eateries have entered and now it’s up to you to help select the People’s Choice Award winner.

Visit participating eateries, dine on their uniquely created, Matariki inspired dish then score the dish and you go in the draw to WIN a weekend for two at Dreamcatcher Lodge in Raglan from Sleeping Lady Lodging AND dinner at one of Raglans best eateries.

To find the signature Matariki dishes and the list participating eateries  click here.

14 June 10am-2pm

Matariki Market

Raglan Old School Arts Centre

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Whaingaroa will be putting the best Matariki market the Waikato has seen. With yummy eats and artistic treats the whānau will enjoy spending the day out there. Check out more info at

12 June – 22 July

Celebrating the Māori New Year, Heritage and Culture

This year Wintec have invited a number of inspirational guest speakers to talk about a whole host of interesting topics. Our past and current students from the School of Media Arts are also running a Matariki exhibition. These events are free and open to students, staff and community. Nau mai haere mai ki te whakanui i te wā o Matariki. If you would like to attend any of the following programmes please contact


Dr. Naomi Simmonds – Geographies of Birth in Aotearoa New Zealand June 12 · A1.04 · 10am – 12noon

Tipa Mahuta – Growing up with Tainui Raupatu Claim June 17 · Wintec Marae, Te Köpü Mänia o Kirikiriroa · 11am – 12noon

Matariki Art Exhibition – The Brownie Collective June 19 – 26 June ·

R Block, Social Space (Opposite Dora’s) · 6 – 9pm opening night Taaniko Nordstrom and Vienna Nordstrom – Soldier Road Portraits June 23 ·

Wintec Marae, Te Köpü Mänia o Kirikiriroa · 10am – 12noon Ratau Turner – Karanga / Waiata Workshop July 1 ·

Wintec Marae, Te Köpü Mänia o Kirikiriroa · 9am – 12noon Dr. Tahu Kukutai –

The Future Demographics of Aotearoa July 16 · Wintec Marae, Te Köpü Mänia o Kirikiriroa · 12noon – 1.30pm Hinewirangi Kohu Morgan – Working in Prisons with Male Sex Offenders July 22 · Gallagher HUB, Event Room 1 · 2-4pm

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15 June- 21 July

Ngā Manu a Tane

Calder and Lawson Gallery, University of Waikato

Visual Art Exhibition, contemporary Toi Māori from artist Aimee Ratana

Ngā Manu a Tane is an exhibition of recent works by Aimee Ratana which extend upon an ongoing exploration of her cultural identity and ancestry to Ngāi Tūhoe.

Ngā Manu a Tane will be exhibited at the Calder & Lawson Gallery from Monday 15 June – Friday 31 July 2015.
An opening function at 5:30pm on Friday 12 June 2015 will be open to the public. For more info click here.

16 June – 7.30 am

Karanga Tau Hou

Welcoming the new year and kicking off the Matariki festival within Kirikiriroa. Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa hosts at the Hamilton Gardens (at the entrace by the stunning Korowai Sculptures). Bright and early start to the year. Share in this special moment with your whaanau as we celebrate the beginning of Matariki ki Waikato. A significant time for the whole community to share. The ceremony will include guest speakers, waiata, and warm soup will nourish as you begin the rest of your day once proceedings have finished.

 Whaanau friendly event

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17 June – 6.30-7.30pm

Matariki: Culture and Astronomy

Cambridge Library

Dave Owen from  Te Awamutu Space Centre will be presenting an one hour talk covering the importance of Matariki cluster to cultures around the world, with a focus on its significance here in Aotearoa. The second half looks at the role of this star cluster in science and what it means to astronomers.

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19 – 26 June

The Brownie Collection – Art Exhibition

Mix together former and current Wintec Media Arts students and you get a sweet recipe of AWESOME.


20 June

Manu tukutuku day in Whaingaroa


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Matariki Paua and Pearls

Te Whariki Mana Wahine o Hauraki

“Whakaoho Mauri Ora, Awakening Mauri Ora” – Promoting Matariki and well-being.

Contact for more info.

23 June – 16 July

Waiora – Maaori Contemporary Art Exhibition

Nau mai, haere mai ki te whakanui i ngaa toi Maaori o te rohe nei.

Celebrating the exceptional Maaori art coming from our region, Creative Waikato will host the contemporary art exhibition during Matariki, featuring established artist such as Shane Hansen, master carver Kereti Rautangata. Introducing some of the regions finest emerging talent as well. Artworks are available to purchase. For more info click here.

Opening: 23 June 5.30pm

(doors open 5pm)

Location: Creative Waikato

131 Alexandra st, Kirikirioa

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24 June 6.30-7.30pm

Matariki: Culture and Astronomy

Te Awamutu Library

Dave Owen from Te Awamutu Space Centre will be presenting his second kōrero about Matariki’s significance around the world and also the importance here in Aotearoa. The second part of the presentation will focus on the role of the star cluster in science and what it means to astronomers. Will lots to learn will be a Matariki expert too!

No cost to attend

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27 June

Matariki Fine Dining

Enjoy  delectable Matariki dining experience with live entertainment and 3 course meal designed by a 5 star Chef. Purchase tickets from (min. 4 tickets per booking)


Matariki Events in Waihi 

Dawn Viewing

WhenSun, 28 June, 06:00 – 07:00
WhereBowentown, New Zealand (map)
DescriptionCome and hear stories of Matariki. Have some kai and see Matariki. 6am at Bowentown Heads (halfway up to the pa site) Organised by Otawhiwhi Te Kohanga Reo & Whetu Watene Kai – Waihi Beach School & U5 Energize (Krista)

Matariki Community Celebration

WhenTue, 30 June, 17:00 – 20:00
WhereWaihi Memorial Hall, Seddon Street Waihi. (map)
DescriptionKai – $12 hangi available – pre-ordered sales – Main fundraiser for Matariki Organised by Rachael Coll & Whetu Watene

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He Manawa Whenua

Claudelands Conference Centre

Exploring the pool of Indigenous Knowledge and Research.

The overarching theme of this conference is ‘Indigenous research Innovation, Well-being and Inspiration’

Te Kotahi Research Institute invites you to share your innovative Indigenous research that will inspire well-being for our communities, whānau, hapū, iwi and tribal nations .

July 3

Te Kohao Health, Te Miro o te Ora

A showcase of Māori taonga, storytelling, kai and waiata.



Starts 8th July

Pop-Up Shop                                                                                            

Kirikiriroa Marae

Featuring local Maori artists and designers who will be showcasing and selling their art, weaving, taonga, clothing, whakakai, exhibiting live art and much more! 8 July 2015 is our opening night – be the first to preview and buy the numerous taonga available at this shop. On for a short time only so make sure you don’t miss out!!!! see more dates here

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Saturday 11th July

7pm – late

Ahi Kaa – Home Fires Concert

Founders Theatre

Ahi Kaa – Home Fires, returns to Hamilton in support of Matariki ki Waikato 2015.  Ahi Kaa – Home Fires is an all ages variety concert, affordably priced thanks to community funders & sponsorship support. Date: Saturday 11th July, Venue: Founders Theatre, Time: 7.00pm – until late. Tickets on sale through Ticketek  or click here. This concert sold out the last time it was held in Hamilton. Seating is limited at Founders Theatre so move fast to secure your tickets to this showcase event!

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Check out the Waihi events for Matariki here.

More events to come soon …. watch this space!

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