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Matariki 2020

In 2020, the Matariki cluster set on 15 May and returns from 13–16 July. The Matariki period is 13–20 July. Matariki is a time for growth and change, it is a time for remembrance . According to the Maramataka (the Māori lunar calendar), the reappearance of Matariki, brings the old lunar year to a close and marks the beginning of the new year. Hence, Matariki is associated with the Māori New Year.

To celebrate this time we have collated various events which are happening that align with Matariki as well as a couple resources to engage you during this period.



Toi Ngapuhi Webinar Series July 12, July 19, July 26


Ngati Kahu Social & Health Services Matariki Celebrations July 15


Celebrate the Māori New Year – School Holiday Programme July 13 – July 17

Matariki Carving Workshop July 14 & July 16


Maiangi Waitai: Ātea-ā-rangi ― Interstellar July 4 – October 4

Matariki Community Planting Days July 11 & July 25

Matariki Dawn 2020 July 11

Quest Art Space Exhibition: Return of the Dawn | July 16 – August 23


Rangona: Sentience Exhibition July 4 – July 22


Make Maori kites from three materials, flax string, toetoe rods and raupo leaves which are found dry in ditches around Northland at this time of the year. See this Kite Making Guide created by Carole Prentice.


INFINITE THREADS: 100 Indigenous Insights from Old Maori Manuscripts. This book takes you on an epic, eye-opening journey through a series of 100 interpretations of the wisdoms, stories and words of old Maori Sages.

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