Matariki Ritual
Matariki Hika Ahi

Join us for the lighting of a ritual fire, listen to stories of renewal, and celebrate the start of a new year.

  • When Fri 15 Jun 2018, 7.00pm–8.30pm
  • Where
    Red Gates, to the left of the main entrance
  • Cost Free event

Nau mai, haere mai – you are warmly invited to a ritual for the whole whānauwhānau family to mark the arrival of Matariki, the Māori New Year. 

The ritual will also mark the beginning of the Matariki Rising Festival at Te Papa, 15–24 June 2018.

During the evening, we:

  • celebrate the people (tangata), and earth, sea, and sky (whenua)
  • mark the beginning of Matariki
  • hear stories of renewal.

A crowd sat round a fire

Caption

Matariki Ritual, 2017. Te Papa

The ritual will begin with the lighting of a fire and a retelling of the Māori creation story. Visitors will then be invited to show images and symbols representing themselves, their histories, their families.

The evening continues with the story of Tāne, who adorned the heavens with the stars, a recitation of the Maramataka (Māori lunar calendar) and the appearance of Matariki. Here, you will be invited to place lights upon the pond as an act to farewell their loved ones and the year just gone.

Finally, the story of Matariki will be recounted culminating in Hiwa-i-te-rangi, the star within Matariki towards which hopes and aspirations for the New Year are directed. You will be invited to write down and express your hopes and dreams, and place them in a community basket.

Please bring small tokens of who you are, of your loved ones who you wish to farewell and your hopes and dreams for the year to come – and a blanket and pillow!

 


Nau mai, haere mai – e tonohia ana te whānau katoa ki tēnei tikanga pure hei tohu i te putanga o Matariki. 

I te ahiahi pō, ka:

  • whakanuia te tangata, te whenua, te moana, me te rangi
  • tohu i te māhutatanga o Matariki
  • rongo ki ngā kōrero whakahounga.

Ka huataki ki te hika ahi. Ka kōrerotia te wehenga o Papatūānuku rāua ko Ranginui me te orokohanga o te ao.

Ka haere tonu ai ki te kōrero mō Tāne, nāna tōna matua i whakakorowaitia ki ngā whetū. Ka huraina ngā mata o te marama me ngā rā o te maramataka.

Tēnā maua mai ngā tohu maioha o te hunga e aroha ai koutou. Ka whakatakotoria ai ki te ahi ki te whakamānawa, ki te poroporoaki, ki te whakamihi ki te tau kua huri ake nei, me te tuku mihi me ngā whakaaro mō te tau e haere mai nei.

Ka mutu ake ki te kōrerotanga o te whakahounga – ko te kaupapa o Matariki.