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Be part of Matariki Festival 2018

Published: 24 November 2017

In 2018 Matariki Festival will celebrate the Māori New Year with events across the Auckland region from 30 June to 22 July.

Matariki Festival has grown to become Auckland’s premiere winter festival, with more than 100 events taking part in the 2017 festival. The festival brings together events across the region to celebrate Matariki and share Māori culture with a diverse and growing audience.

Who can apply

Applications are welcomed from events that are within at least one of the following festival genres:

  • Hapori (Community)
  • Kai (Food)
  • Kōrero (Lectures/Presentations)
  • Ngā Mahi Toi (Visual Arts)
  • Taiao (Environment)
  • Wānanga (Workshops)
  • Whakangahau (Performance), and
  • Whare Tapere (Theatre).

To apply, just complete the application form. Applications close 10 February 2018.

Events accepted for Matariki Festival 2018 will be included on the festival website and supplied with marketing templates to assist with promotion. They may also be promoted as part of other festival marketing and publicity activities.

Matariki Festival Director, Ataahua Papa, encourages all applicable events to submit an expression of interest.

“Matariki gives communities and artists a space to join together and reflect on Māori culture - to share our knowledge and perspectives and what the New Year means to New Zealanders,” she says.

“Māori culture is unique to New Zealand and Matariki is a time to celebrate how integral it is to our identity and nation. Matariki Festival honours the land we live on and encourages us to grow alongside each other through a range of different ways - from performance, art and stories, to kai and discussions.”

For more information, email