Dunedin Puaka Matariki Festival 17 – 23 June 2017

Tākina mai rā te huihuika o Matariki, o Puaka, o Tautoru, o Takurua. Ko Puaka ki ruka hai tohu o te wā, kia rite ai kā tākata. Kia whakakau ake a Matariki ka pānuitia ia whetū e taea ai te matapae i te tau e tū mai nei. He wā hoki kia poroporoaki ai te huka mate o te tau ka huri.

Kua kohia kā tipu kia tāpaea ki a Matariki. Ko te manaaki, ko te atawhai i te taiao ētahi kaupapa nui mō te whakanui i a Matariki kia whakamanawatia te whenua me te wai. Tērā a Waitī, a Waitā, a Waipuna‒ā‒raki, a Tupuāraki, a Tupuānuku, a Ururaki, kia mahara hoki tātou ki te tiaki i te ao tūroa, mō tātou ā mō kā uri ā muri ake nei.

Tērā hoki a Hiwaiteraki hai awhero o kā wawata. Horahia nuitia mai kā hua tuawhiti mātinitini o te tau.

For centuries, people across the world have observed the rising and setting of stars as indicators of seasonal change and prosperity. In Aotearoa New Zealand, the reappearance of the constellations Matariki (Pleiades) and Tautoru (Orion), and the stars Puaka (Rigel) and Takurua (Sirius), represents this transformation.

The reappearance of Puaka and Matariki marks a change in season and signals a time for reflection and to celebrate those who have died. In recent times, Māori New Year has typically been celebrated at the first new moon after the reappearance of Matariki and Puaka, which this year was on Saturday 24 June.

In 2017, we held our festival from Saturday 17 June to Friday 23 June.

The Puaka Matariki Festival events are listed on the EVENTS page, and the full programme is in the NEWS tab. You can download a printable version for yourself from the menu at the top left of this homepage.

For more information, please email puakamatariki@gmail.com.

This year's limited edition run of Festival posters will be seen around town in the weeks leading up to our events. Featuring Heramaahina's work again, you can download and print your own version from the menu on the far left of the Puaka Matariki Festival homepage. Mauri ora!
Heramaahina Eketone (Ngāti Maniapoto; Waikato) designed the beautiful artwork that adorned the Puaka Matariki Festival programme and promotions last year.
Video produced by IXIST for 2014 Festival Launch. Screened at the DPAG with waiata by Irie Simpson 'e hine'. Video shows images of 2013 Festival design of Ranginui and the 2014 Festival design of Papatuanuku both by IXIST.

Events

News

Puaka Matariki Festival is go!

17 Jun , 2017   News

Kia ora Whānau The Puaka Matariki Festival is underway, and tino pai! Kā mihi nunui to all who attended the launch and the events that commenced our week-long-plus celebration of Te Ao Māori, wānaka, mahi toi, and whanaukataka. Unfortunately, we have to POSTPONE tomorrow’s Flax and Māori Perfume event. Tania Manuhiri Bell is unable to travel...

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2017 Puaka Matariki Programme

1 Jun , 2017   News

It’s up! This year’s schedule of events is now on the Dunedin Puaka Matariki Festival website. Soon a downloadable version will be posted too, so you’ll be able to print one off for yourself to have tucked into your bag when you’re out and about. You’ll see there are dozens of events to participate in, right across the...

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2017 Festival Programme

31 May , 2017   News

Whakawhanaukataka
On this year’s programme, there’s something happenening in every corner of our fair city for everyone to get involved in celebrating the Dunedin Puaka Matariki Festival!   Mornington Playcentre Matariki Celebration Friends, whānau, neighbours and life members are invited to learn about and celebrate Māori New Year at Mornington Playcentre with Puaka Matariki craft, kōrero,...

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The Visibility of Puaka (Rigel) and the Matariki (Pleiades) Star Cluster.

8 May , 2017   News

This article is by Alan Gilmore, former superintendent of the University of Canterbury Mount John Observatory at Tekapo. The Earth circles the Sun through the year. This causes the Sun to appear to move a little east against the background stars each day. We take our time from the sun, not from the stars, so...

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