Te Papa is open. Welcome back, Aotearoa. Important information about visiting Te Papa
Kei te tuwhera a Te Papa. Nau mai, hoki mai Aotearoa. He mōhiohio nā Te Papa mō te Kowheori-19
The star cluster Matariki appears in our skies in the month of Pipiri (June–July), marking the start of the Māori New Year. This is the coldest time of the year and Pipiri means ‘to draw close’.
It’s a time to come together with your friends, whānau, and communities. It’s about eating, reflecting, having fun, and looking forward to the year ahead.
Traditionally, Matariki is a time to share kai from the pātaka, the storehouse, harvested from past seasons. It’s too cold for planting, so it’s a time to relax, eat, and enjoy good company.
Matariki is a time for reflection. Light a candle to remember loved ones who have passed away, or to farewell unwanted memories.
What do you want to achieve? What do you want to see? Record thoughts like these and return to them later – how did you do?
Look up at the stars (can you see Matariki?). Go for a walk in your neighbourhood and get to know its streams, rivers, and trees. Listen to the birds.
Matariki is about having fun with your loved ones. Learn to play mū tōrere, a Māori board game. Or make up a story to tell your whānau.
Come together with your community for a Matariki ritual that uses all the ideas above: Fire and warmth, food, reflection, hopes and dreams, stories, nature, and games.