Matariki Diary: Community Centres

Last Updated : 11 Jun 2020
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This year, for the first time, Matariki Festival includes events and activation's from community centres, giving Aucklanders even more opportunities to celebrate the Māori new year in their own neighbourhoods. 

As we head into the final week of Matariki Festival 2019 and the start of the school holidays, we've picked out some great events at community centres across Tāmaki Makaurau.

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Star sewing workshops

When: Thurs 11 July, 10am–2pm

Where: New Lynn Community Centre

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars, which rises in mid-winter and for many Māori, it signals the New Year. So, what better way to get in the spirit of Matariki than to join the recreators team at New Lynn Community Centre for a workshop on sewing beautiful stars! Come along and tap into your inner creativity, all whilst having a quality kōrero, with members of the community.

community centres - Star Sewing Images

Mahi Toi Workshop

When: Thu 11 July, 4pm–6.30pm
Where: Wesley Community Centre

In celebration of Matariki, Wesley Community Centre will be hosting Mahi Toi Workshops.

These workshops are a chance for you to immerse yourself into the Māori culture and tap into your creative side by learning the skill of weaving and poi making.


When: Daily 9am–5pm throughout the festival 
Where: Mangere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku

Matariki is the perfect time to appreciate the different aspects of Māori tikanga/culture. In this exhibition you will be given the opportunity to see how the Māori culture places their mark on jewellery making. The exhibition is for small-but-perfectly-formed taonga whakarākei. It is a celebration of this jewellery, featuring carving or whakairo practice as well as raranga or weaving. Don’t miss out on your chance to indulge in the art of Māori Jewellery making!

Community centres - Tapiri

Matariki Films

When: Until 14 July, 6pm–8pm daily 
Where: Onehunga Community Centre

A week of Matariki Film brought specially to you by Onehunga Community Centre. This will include short films and a feature film which highlight the meaning of Matariki!

Te Manaaki o Te Marae

When: Until 14 July, 1pm–4pm daily
Where: Māngere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku

Experience the work of Te Rawhitiroa Bosch who through documentary photography provides an insight into the Manaaki Tāngata (taking care of people) programme which will be held at the Te Puea Memorial Marae in Māngere. Bosch pays special attention to key individuals who uphold tikanga (custom) and who form the heart and soul of the marae.

Community centres - Te Manaaki O Te Marae


Celebrating Matariki

Historically the Māori new year provided the opportunity for communities to come together to acknowledge the year gone by and make plans for the years ahead; to celebrate with kai, kōrero and entertainment.

Today, everyone in Aotearoa has the opportunity to celebrate the unique places we live in, show respect for the land we live on and to share and grow together through Matariki experiences.

Come together with friends and whānau to take part in free events at your arts, community and event centres. Visit for more details. 

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