Te Taiopenga o Matariki Matariki Festival 

13–30 o Pipiri 2013 | 13–30 June 2013
Whakanuia te Tau Hou Māori ki te Taiopenga o Matariki ki Te Papa. I tēnei tau ka whai tātou i te kōrero mō te whakarauora o Matariki rātou ko āna tamāhine i a Tama-nui-i-te-rā.

Ko te mana whakaora tēnei o te ira wahine, o te ira tupua, o ngā whetū o Matariki.

Matariki (Māori New Year) is a time to come together as whānau. This year at Te Papa, we are celebrating the role of women in our lives. They are the shining stars in our community – role models who share qualities with Matariki and her daughters.

Matariki events programme

This year we have a stellar programme of family-friendly events. A special Matariki concert presents the best in Māori and Pacific music – from the heavenly vocal talents of Whirimako Black to rising stars JGeek and the Geeks. And see some of Aotearoa’s most experienced and revered Māori entertainers in this year’s New Zealand Post Kaumātua Kapa Haka festival.

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Hinepūtēhue: The peaceful companion

13 June – 13 July 2013. Level 4. Free entry

This special Matariki exhibition tells the story of the humble hue – the bottle gourd that the first Māori settlers brought to Aoteaora New Zealand.  Water carrier, music maker, and peace bringer, the hue is celebrated with taonga (treasures) from our shores and beyond.

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Matariki and her daughters, the healers

Read the story of Matariki and her daughters as told by the Tainui tribes of Aotearoa New Zealand. The story provides the theme for Te Papa’s 2013 Matariki Festival.

Read the full story

About Matariki

He whānui te toronga o ēnei rauemi ako mō Matariki ki ngā kaupapa maha, pērā i ngā rongoā Māori, i ngā mahi poi, ā, tae atu ki ngā marama o te tau Māori.

Pānuitia te rauemi mō Matariki

In early June, the star cluster Matariki (the Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters) reappears in our dawn skies, and stays visible for 11 months.

Learn more about Matariki in our online teacher resource 

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