Matariki ki Waikato

Endorsed by Te Ohu Whakaita Trust, the Matariki ki Waikato Working Group was formed to bring together a variety of organisations across the Waikato region to raise awareness around the Celebration of Matariki, the Māori New Year.

The Matariki ki Waikato Working Group are people representative of Waikato organisations who deliver festival events during the festival period. Representatives from the following organisations have at times contributed to the Matariki ki Waikato Working Group since Matariki celebrations in Kirikiriroa began:

  • Aotearoa Experience:
  • Creative Waikato;
  • Department of Conservation;
  • Entertainment Suite;
  • Friends of Hamilton Gardens;
  • Go Eco;
  • Hamilton Astronomical Society;
  • Hamilton City Council;
  • Hamilton City Libraries;
  • Hamilton Gardens;
  • Hamilton Immersive Group;
  • Indigo Festival;
  • Kirikiriroa Explorers;
  • Mareikura Creations;
  • Matahuru Papakainga Marae;
  • Matariki ki Waikato;
  • Rauawaawa Kaumatua Trust;
  • Tainui Waka Tourism;
  • Tanui Group Holdings;
  • Te Awamutu Space Centre;
  • Te Puna Kai o Waikato;
  • Te Puni Kōkiri;
  • Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa;
  • Te Wānanga O Aotearoa;
  • Te Whare Taonga o Waikato – The Waikato Museum;
  • Te Whare Toi o Ngaaruawaahia – Twin Rivers Community Art Centre;
  • The Meteor Theatre;
  • The University of Waikato;
  • TKDevents;
  • Transformation From the Roots Up;
  • Two Wise Kumara;
  • Waikato District Council;
  • Waikato Food Inc;
  • Waikato Tourism;
  • Waikato-Tainui;
  • WINTEC
  • Woo Wellbeing Limited

The festival provides an opportunity to unite our peoples, celebrate our indigenous culture, give thanks for the bounty of our river and it’s lands, reflect on the legacy we have been given and collectively aspire to create a more prosperous future.

If you are interested in being apart of the Matariki ki Waikato Working Group please email us on [email protected]

Ahi Kaa – Home Fires 2015