Please note: we will be closing early on Friday 24 (4:30pm) and Saturday 25 June (5pm).

Come celebrate Matariki with us! View our Mānawatia a Matariki programme

Whānau Day: Hiwaiterangi

Celebrate Hiwaiterangi, our wishing star, with loads of activities and live performances.

  • When | Āhea Sat 2 Jul 2022, 10.00am–2.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Wellington Foyer, Level 2
  • Cost | Te utu Free event

What wishes would you like to send forth to Hiwa for the year ahead? Bring your whānau

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to Te Papa for a day full of inspiration and fun.

We have special guests joining us from all over the motu

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! Join us to learn about the maramataka

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, enjoy live performances, and get creative with some cool activities that will spark your thoughts about aspirations for the year.


  • Have fun with our MC, Perēri King, the multi-talented singer, performer, and winner of Māori Television’s ‘5 Minutes of Fame’.
  • Hear kaiwaiata kaiwaiatasingerMāori | Noun and fellow ‘5 Minutes of Fame’ contestant, Tui Eilish Tahere-Katene, perform throughout the day.
  • Take part in games and activities with Hana Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke and Lance Taitoko of Maahina, to learn more about the Maramataka and how it can help you live in harmony with te taiao

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  • Feel the ihi

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    from Te Piringa, one of the top secondary school kapa haka

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    groups in Aotearoa.
  • Watch Matariki Hunga Nui – Matariki of Many People, a new video compilation from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, which pays tribute to Māori broadcasters of the past, and also provides an introduction to some of the rich lore around Matariki, our newest public holiday. Two versions of this video will be played throughout the day – one with Te Reo Māori subtitles and one with English subtitles.

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Overhead shot of people standing around a table making prints


Pop-up Print Day, 2019. Photo by Jo Moore. Te Papa (132403)