Puanga ki Matariki

 banner image

Matariki is both the Māori name for the Pleiades star cluster and of the celebration of its rising which signals the start of a new year in the Māori lunar calendar. The first holiday to celebrate Matariki in Aotearoa – also the first public holiday to recognise Te Ao Māori – will be on Friday 24 June 2022.

Each iwi celebrates this time of year differently; some of our Mana Whenua partners celebrate Puanga (also known as Rigel), as the Matariki cluster is hard to see from some parts of our city.

Hutt City Council is proud to present Puanga ki Matariki 2022, a programme of activities and events that allows our community to join in celebrations. There are a range of free activities and events for all ages, at different locations across Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt throughout the month – so pack up the whānau and come join us. We look forward to seeing you there!

DateTimeLocation Event details
JuneAll day, every day in JuneWalter Nash CentrePuanga Scavenger Hunt
Eight facts about Puanga will be hidden around the children’s area of the Library – can you find them all?
All day, 4 - 25 JuneKoraunui Community HubMatariki Scavenger Hunt
See if you can find all the information about Matariki around the hub!
All day, every dayNaenae Town CentreInteractive Matariki Display
Remember the past, celebrate the present, and look forward to the future. Follow the journey through Naenae starting in Hillary Court.
7 June 10:30am Wainuiomata Community Hub Matariki Storytelling
Listen to the pūrākau and waiata of Matariki.
8 June 10am - 3pm Walter Nash Centre Documentary Screening
Get cozy and enjoy the doco-series ‘Hunter Gatherer’ on the big screen.
1:30pm Petone Library Adult Matariki Storytime
Join us for share kai while we read stories from Te Ao Māori.
9 June 3:15pm Moera Library Matariki Craft: Origami Stars
Join us in making origami stars to make our little library shine! 
10 June 1pm - 3pm War Memorial Library Games Day
Challenge War Memorial's Adult Librarian to a game of Kupu Tupu, a Te Reo Māori version of Scrabble! 
11 June 11am - 12pm Eastbourne Library Āio ki te mahara o Matariki 2022 - He waiata he kōrero he wheako
Hear the sounds of Ngā Taonga Pūoro with Poropiti Rangitaawa, a local musician, that will take you on a journey to his Ancestors of Aotearoa with song, talk and experience.
13 June 10am - 2pm Moera Hall Rāranga Workshop
Learn how to weave a traditional kono (4 corner basket) using harakeke. Suitable for all skill levels.
14 June 3:15pm Moera Library Matariki Craft: Poi Making
Join us in making poi!
15 June 11am Moera Library Matariki Storytime
Read books, sing songs and get crafty!
2:30pm - 4pm Koraunui Community Hub Kid’s Creative Matariki Session
A Matariki themed creative session, aimed at 5-16 year olds.
3:30pm - 4:30pm War Memorial Library Matariki Craft: Stars
Learn what Matariki means to different people, and make some stars to take home.
16 June 10:30am Petone Library Matariki Storytelling
Listen to the pūrākau and waiata of Matariki.
17 June 10:30am War Memorial Library Matariki Storytime
Read books, sing songs and get crafty!
18 June All day Naenae Market Whakanuia a Matariki
 A celebration day with local legends ‘Valley Kids’! Join us for craft and food stalls, hāngi and a celebration vibe.
11am War Memorial Library Matariki Storytime
Read books, sing songs and get crafty!
11:30am - 1:30pm The Dowse Art Museum Whānau Lantern Making
A free lantern making workshop that encourages you to take inspiration from the trees, rivers and birds that define your tūrangawaewae.
20 June 9am - 4:30pm Coco Pop-Up, Naenae Matariki Toi Māori Art Exhibition & Events
In celebration of Matariki, Toi Māori Art Group will be putting on an exhibition at the Coco Pop-Up community space in Naenae.
10:30am Naenae Library Matariki Baby Bounce
A half hour Matariki themed session of songs, rhymes, and fingerplays for children ages 0-2 years old and their caregiver.
21 June 9am - 4:30pm Coco Pop-Up, Naenae Matariki Toi Māori Art Exhibition & Events
In celebration of Matariki, Toi Māori Art Group will be putting on an exhibition at the Coco Pop-Up community space in Naenae.
11am Walter Nash Centre Matariki Storytime
Read books, sing songs and get crafty!
Lunchtime Coco Pop-Up, Naenae Pūrākau
Come and experience the pūrākau (storytelling) of Matariki. 
1pm - 3pm Walter Nash Centre Mapping your Whakapapa with Ancestry.com
Learn how to use Ancestry.com to map your whakapapa.
3pm - 4pm Koraunui Community Hub Inklings: Matariki
Explore books, play games and get creative, aimed at 8-12 year olds.
3:30pm - 5pm Walter Nash Centre Rangatahi Afterschool Programme: Craft Making
Join us to incorporate art and origami to produce a 3D Matariki forestscape!
5pm - 6pm War Memorial Library Āio ki te mahara o Matariki 2022 - He waiata he kōrero he wheako
Hear the sounds of Ngā Taonga Pūoro with Poropiti Rangitaawa, a local musician, that will take you on a journey to his Ancestors of Aotearoa with song, talk and experience.
22 June 9am - 4:30pm Coco Pop-Up, Naenae Matariki Toi Māori Art Exhibition & Events
In celebration of Matariki, Toi Māori Art Group will be putting on an exhibition at the Coco Pop-Up community space in Naenae.
10: 30am Naenae Library
Petone Library 
Matariki Storytime
Read books, sing songs and get crafty!
Lunchtime Coco Pop-Up, Naenae Pūrākau
Come and experience the pūrākau (storytelling) of Matariki.
2:30pm - 4pm Koraunui Community Hub Kid’s Creative Matariki Session
A Matariki themed creative session, aimed at 5-16 year olds.
3:30pm - 4:30pm Walter Nash Centre Matariki Craft
Make an amazing star out of beads. For ages 7 and up. 
23 June 9am - 4:30pm Coco Pop-Up, Naenae Matariki Toi Māori Art Exhibition & Events
In celebration of Matariki, Toi Māori Art Group will be putting on an exhibition at the Coco Pop-Up community space in Naenae.
11am Koraunui Community Hub Matariki Storytime
Read books, sing songs and get crafty!
11am Coco Pop-Up, Naenae Te Kura o Naenae Kapa Haka
Enjoy a performance by the Te Kura o Naenae Kapa Haka group.
12:30pm Coco Pop-Up, Naenae Kai Hākari
Share a meal with the community. 
3pm - 4pm Koraunui Community Hub Xtreme Hip Hop with John
Xtreme Hip Hop with John is a step based program that is about getting the community moving.
5pm Walter Nash Centre Twilight Matariki Storytime
Join us for a special evening of stories and crafts under the twinkling stars inside the library. 
6pm Eastbourne Library Twilight Matariki Storytime
Join us for a special evening of stories and crafts under the twinkling stars inside the library.
24 June All day Walter Nash Centre Matariki Basketball Festival
The festival includes a 3 day tournament structure, Girls Got Game sessions, walking basketball, wheelchair basketball, face painting, food stalls and an evening concert.
25 June All day Walter Nash Centre Matariki Basketball Festival
The festival includes a 3 day tournament structure, Girls Got Game sessions, walking basketball, wheelchair basketball, face painting, food stalls and an evening concert.
All day Naenae Market Matariki Hauora
Browse wellbeing stalls, eat good local kai, learn to make harakeke stars, and much more!
11am War Memorial Library Matariki Storytime
Read books, sing songs and get crafty!
6pm - 7:30pmMoera Community HallMatariki Community Event
Join us in celebrating Matariki and our community, by hearing stories and songs, and sharing a meal!
26 JuneAll dayWalter Nash CentreMatariki Basketball Festival
The festival includes a 3 day tournament structure, Girls Got Game sessions, walking basketball, wheelchair basketball, face painting, food stalls and an evening concert.
12pm - 6pm Lower Hutt Events Centre and Town Hall Puanga ki Matariki
Hutt City Council invites you to the first Puanga ki Matariki 2022 celebrations right here in Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai, Lower Hutt. Join us for a free afternoon of whānau fun, arts, education, activities and performances with special guests ‘Tomorrow People’.
11 July 11am - 11:40am & 1pm - 1:55pm Lower Hutt Event Centre Matariki Glow Show
This is a ticketed event. Go to eventfinda for more information and to purchase tickets.

Little Green Man Productions is thrilled to present The MATARIKI GLOW SHOW with an all-new, giant-scale puppet show for tamariki, educators and whānau.

The Glow Show’s magical glow-in-the-dark characters are getting ready to celebrate with you, alongside the first-ever nationwide Matariki holiday!

Bigger, better, bolder, with more music and more characters, this is an upbeat show that ‘edu-tains’ and engages the audience over 50 minutes with patai (Q and A) afterwards.

Further Information

Matariki: The Māori New Year