Puanga Matariki 2021

Stars of Matariki shining on night sky.

Nau Mai, haere mai ki te whakanui i a Puanga rāua ko Matariki, Celebrate with us the rising of Matariki and the beginning of the Aotearoa New Year! 

What is Matariki? 
Matariki is the Māori name given to the cluster of stars that rise in midwinter, signifying the start of a new year. During this time, Māori will mourn those loved ones lost over the year, forecast the bounty of the new year and send their deepest dreams and desires to the heavens. There are an estimated 500 stars in total in the Matariki cluster, but a small number can be seen without a telescope - the Matariki cluster. The cluster is often referred to as the mother and daughters - Matariki being the mother with her daughters.

Join us to learn about the Māori New Year, gather with family and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future. 

This years Puanga Matariki events will take place between 2 July - 18 July. Organised by Horowhenua District Council in partnership with Muaūpoko a variety of fantastic events will be on offer and focus on each of the stars of Matariki.