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Matariki Festival 2018

30 Jun 2018 - 22 Jul 2018


Saturday 30 June 2018, 6.00am - Sunday 22 July 2018, 11.00pm


Region wide, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland


Costs vary (a mix of free and paid events) – check the website below for details


Booking requirements vary – check the website below for details


In 2018, Matariki Festival will celebrate the Māori New Year with more than 100 events, beginning with the evocative Matariki Dawn Karakia at Arataki Visitor Centre, located in the heart of Te Waonui a Tiriwa (Waitākere Ranges).

Matariki Festival is Auckland’s premier winter festival and a chance for Tāmaki Makaurau to come together to celebrate the Māori New Year.

Aucklanders are invited to experience the wonder of their city coming alive with the sights, sounds and tastes of Matariki, from 30 June to 22 July.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will once again feature in Matariki on the Move: Ngahau, with some very well-known female vocalists coming together as Kāhui Whetū for Matariki on the Move: Waiata.

Festival favourite Manu Aute Kite Day will celebrate the universal tradition of kite flying across Tāmaki Makaurau, with events happening simultaneously in Ōrākei, Puketāpapa and Manurewa.

This year's captivating Te Taumata Kapa Haka – Wahine Toa will highlight the power of wahine in a cultural context.

The 2018 festival dates incorporate the lunar phases that will see the star cluster Matariki (Pleiades) rise during the festival; a time to be with family and friends, reflect on the past, celebrate those who are not with us and prepare for the year ahead.

Matariki Festival is proudly hosted by Auckland Council in partnership with Te Kawerau a Maki, and supported by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

The full programme will be out in early June – keep an eye on the website above and follow @MatarikiFestival on Facebook for updates.