Watch: Highlights from the Whāngai i te Hautapu | Matariki Ceremony 2022

On June 24, 2022, Te Papa hosted a globally significant milestone with the launch of the country’s first public holiday that acknowledges mātauranga Māori.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined tohunga Māori in a pre-dawn hautapu ceremony at Te Papa to launch the first Matariki public holiday.

The hautapu ceremony involves the cooking of kai connected to stars in the Matariki cluster. Steam from the kai is released to feed the stars, and tohunga look to the appearance of the star cluster and share aspirations for the year ahead.

Sir Pou Temara led the hautapu ceremony and said, “This is a moment that future generations will look upon and say – this is when we came of age".

Professor Rangi Matamua, who led the Matariki Advisory Committee that guided the creation of the new public holiday, observed the stars this morning.

“Matariki is something to share as a nation and to forge us together under one identity,” Professor Matamua said.

Watch highlights from the Whāngai i te Hautapu | Matariki Ceremony