Matariki 2024


17 - 30 Pipiri June 2024

Venue: Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre

Let creativity be a guiding star this Matariki.

The Great Hall will go off with Dillastrate x Harmony & Rhythm on 20 Piripi (June), then Māmā Mihirangi and special guests the following two nights. Experience for the first time Te Waiatatanga Mai o Te Atua (Song of the Gods), a brand-new Ngāi Tahu exhibition opening in the Observatory Tower. Immerse yourself in the New Zealand première of award-winning multi-dimensional dance film Potaka Nautilus by arts laureate Daniel Belton and Good Arts Company. Bring your whānau to the special Garden City Mākete Matariki for kai, a hands-on workshop, and the ever-popular kapa haka showcase.

Also, in and around Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre, you’ll be able to enjoy Tīrama Mai - Ōtautahi’s light festival, and go to events for Matariki Kai by Eat New Zealand.

Full programme released this week.

 

About Matariki

Matariki is the Māori New Year based on the lunar calendar. It is a time to celebrate new life, remember those who’ve passed on, and plan for the future. The start of the new dawn is a time to gather with whānau and friends and celebrate what has been and what is to come.

The full name of the Matariki star cluster is “Ngā mata o te ariki Tāwhirimātea” – the eyes of the ariki Tāwhirimātea, god of the winds and weather. When Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, the earth mother, were separated from their dark embrace by Tāne, Tāwhirimātea was distraught. He tore out his eyes, crushed them into pieces and stuck them onto the chest of the sky.

This star cluster is known by many names throughout the world. In Hawaii it is known as Makali’i – eyes of the king, in Greece it is known as Pleiades, and in Japan it is most famously known as Subaru.

The nine stars in the constellation of Matariki oversee different areas of importance in Māori life. They are; Matariki, Pōhutukawa, Waitī, Waitā, Waipuna-ā-rangi, Tupuānuku, Tupuārangi, Ururangi, and Hiwa-i-te-rangi. Early Māori did not view the constellation as a whole when gaining knowledge for the year ahead, but instead sought insight from the individual stars.

For mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Matariki is an important time. This is the time when whānau ensure their pātaka (food storehouses) are full. It is a time for them to reflect and plan how the land and waterways should be nurtured and prepared to ensure a bountiful and sustainable harvest season.

Thanks to our generous sponsors

 

 

National Treasures
Mon 17 - Sun 30 Pipiri June Boys’ High

Fabric artist Maungarongo Te Kawa has gathered together story quilts from past Matariki into an exhibition about National Treasures. Find out more

Kai te Whakamatua Anō te Iwi - The People Are Resting
Mon 17 Pipiri June - Sun 14 Hōngongoi July Common Room

Honouring the craftsmanship and significance of the tools employed by takata whenua across generations, carefully curated by kaimahi at Te Whare Tapere in partnership with Canterbury Museum. Find out more

Matariki Midwinter Celebration
19 - 30 Pipiri June Chemistry

This Matariki we invite you to take part in some special activities in the UC Teece Museum with your whānau as you remember, celebrate and look to the future.
Find out more

Pōtaka Nautilus
Mon 17 - Sun 30 Pipiri June Cloisters Studio

A mind-blowing experience. Te Matatiki Toi Ora is honoured to host the New Zealand premiere of this immersive work that opened in Spain last October to critical acclaim. Potaka Nautilus is the result Find out more

The Births of Star Clusters and Interstellar Interlopers
Tue 18 Pipiri June Great Hall

Stars are born in chaotic nurseries: extremely cold, collapsing turbulent magnetized supersonic clouds. This process also generates comets and asteroids, most destined to travel the Galaxy. Find out t Find out more

Putiputi Workshop
Wed 19 Pipiri June Cloisters Studio

The weavers of Kahu Collective will share some of the tikanga and history of harakeke and show you how to weave putiputi/harakeke flowers. For ages 15 yrs + Find out more

Dillastrate x Harmony & Rhythm
Thu 20 Pipiri June Great Hall

Dillastrate teams up with Harmony & Rhythm's 7-piece hip hop horn section for a show like nothing the Great Hall has ever seen. Special guests, new releases and some of Dillastrate's waiata reo Māori. Find out more

Ngā Tohu o Matariki with Māmā Mihirangi and Pou Ataata
Fri 21 Pipiri June Great Hall

Māmā Mihirangi, internationally-renowned singer/songwriter, loop-artist, multi-instrumentalist and storyteller, performs with Otautahi’s soundscape and song ensemble Pou Ataata. Find out more

Matariki with Loopy Tunes
Fri 21 Pipiri June Great Hall

Come and celebrate the beautiful Matariki season with sister children's music duo, Loopy Tunes. Find out more

Māmā Mihirangi & The Māreikura
Sat 22 Pipiri June Great Hall

Māmā Mihirangi weaves soaring ancient chants with intricate harmonies, traditional instruments with beats and bass, while the Māreikura blend traditional women’s dance, weaponry, and Māori martial art Find out more

Te Whē Wānanga
Sun 23 Pipiri June Cloisters Studio

A deep dive into the ancient Māori practices of Te Whē. This wānanga with Mihirangi is all about healing your voice and using it to heal others, a journey of self-discovery and cultural celebration. Find out more

Matariki Mākete
Thu 27 & Fri 28 Pipiri June Market Square

Two unforgettable evenings under the stars with Garden City Mākete! Support over 60 local artisans, enjoy live performances and treat yourself to delicious kai. Find out more

Stone Hammering Pendant
Fri 28 Pipiri June School of Art

An incredible opportunity to learn the ancient stone-hammering technique that Dr Areta Wilkinson (Kāi Tahu) uses in her jewellery practice and create your own unique wearable piece in copper to take h Find out more

Whetu Harakeke Sessions
Sat 29 Pipiri June Great Hall

Join Lisa Harding from the Kahu Collective and learn how to work with harakeke to create a whetū (star). Ideal for ages 8-12. Find out more

Kommi Me Ana Taipō
Sat 29 Pipiri June Great Hall

Kommi is an Lyttelton-based vocalist who performs entirely in the Kāi Tahu dialect. A bit swampy, a bit witchy, gliding and fluttering through te reo Māori rapsongs, Kommi (Kāi Tahu, Te-Āti-Awa) will Find out more

Kapa Haka in the Great Hall
Sun 30 Pipiri June Great Hall

Bring the whole whānau for a taste of this ancient and living Māori artform. Experience local rōpū celebrate being Māori, whānau, tikanga and reo, and join in with a waiata or two and some actions. Find out more

Location map

Arts Centre wide,
Worcester Boulevard

Market Square Hereford St Carpark Boys' High Entrance Engineering Laneway The Observatory Hotel Courtyard South Quad North Quad Registry Student Union The Gym Engineering Cloisters Studio Common Room Library Biology, Observatory and Physics Chemistry School of Art West Lecture Classics Rutherford's Den Clock Tower Boy's High Workshop Great Hall
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