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;
  • Friends of Hamilton Gardens;
  • Hamilton Astronomical Society;
  • Hamilton City Council;
  • Hamilton City Libraries;
  • Hamilton Gardens;
  • Indigo Festival;
  • Mareikura Creations;
  • Rauawaawa Kaumatua Trust;
  • Tainui Waka Tourism;
  • Tanui Group Holdings;
  • Te Awamutu Space Centre;
  • Te Puni Kōkiri;
  • Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa;
  • Te Wānanga O Aotearoa;
  • Te Whare Taonga o Waikato – The Waikato Museum;
  • The University of Waikato;
  • Twin Rivers Arts Centre Ngaruawahia;
  • Waikato District Council;
  • Waikato Tourism; and

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

Ahi Kaa – Home Fires 2015