Matariki Tauranga Moana 2018

Nā te mauri ō papatuānuku ka ora ai te tangata
The wellbeing of mankind derives from the life essence of the earth

Each year, the winter stars of Matariki signal the arrival of the Māori New Year. Traditionally, the rise of Matariki was a sign to ensure food crops had been harvested and the storehouses were well-stocked for the coming year. Matariki also brought communities together to share and to learn from each other. Nowadays, Matariki has become a time of revitalisation and resurgence of te reo Māori and mātauranga Māori traditions. Matariki is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate our history and make plans for the new layers of our future. In doing so, we acknowledge our traditions, language and culture, which gives us a sense of who we are.

The theme for the Matariki Tauranga Moana 2018 programme of events is Mauri. Mauri is often described as the essence of life or life force that generates, regenerates and upholds creation, binding physical and spiritual elements. It is created and sustained when everything is in balance. Maintaining and enhancing the mauri is about honouring relationships with the natural world, and promoting the health and essence of all living beings. A waterbody with a healthy mauri will sustain a healthy ecosystem, have an abundance of mahinga kai (natural food sources) and be a source of pride for its people.

In the same respect, tangata (people) and whānau (families) with a healthy mauri will sustain good health and prosper.

Matariki Tauranga Moana invites everyone to discover the significance of Matariki and explore ways to observe the Māori New Year with whānau and friends. Matariki Tauranga Moana 2018 will see the city comes alive with a five-week programme of events including live performances, exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops and family events.

Take part and learn about what Matariki means for our city and our people. 

Upcoming events

08 Jun
to
01 Jul
Exhibition: E ai ki a Walter: According to Walter
08 June to 01 July

"E ai ki ā Walter: According to Walter" photographic exhibition by local kaumatua Walter Dickson tells the story of his beloved community Matapihi, he calls the window to Tauranga Moana.  Read more

15 Jun
to
03 Jul
Te Whare Tangata – The female essence
15 June to 03 July

A group show of works exploring notions of the female essence Te Whare Tangata– curated by Parewhati Taikato  Read more

15 Jun
to
28 Jun
Mauri Oho by Gavin Smith - Hei-Tuakiri
15 June to 28 June

This exhibition is Gavin Smith's interpretation of the significance of manu within Te Ao Māori (the Māori world).  Read more

19 Jun
to
20 Jun
He Kura E Huna Ana
19 June to 20 June

Acclaimed Te reo Maori play He Kura E Huna Ana is drawn from the legendary creation story of greenstone in Aotearoa.   Read more


19Jun
Te Reo Wainene o Tua - The Sweet Story of Yester-year
19 June

A te reo Māori storytelling Kaupapa, revitalising pūrākau, reviving oral traditions, normalizing te reo!  Read more

20Jun
Matariki Lecture Series: Puawai Cairns
20 June

Puawai Cairns, Head of Mātauranga Māori / Head of Māori Collection at Te Papa will be sharing some of the stories she has encountered on multiple projects and exhibitions that have explored the multiple facets of the mauri concept.  Read more

20Jun
Greerton Toddler Time with Aroha
20 June

Come and join us at the Mount Library for a fun filled half hour of Matariki themed stories, waiata and activities with Aroha.   Read more

21Jun
Battle of Te Ranga Dawn Service
21 June

Come and join us at 7am for a dawn service to commemorate this event which took part two months after the Battle of Gate Pa at Pukehinahina.  Read more


21Jun
Mount Toddler Time with Aroha
21 June

Come and join us at the Mount Library for a fun filled half hour of Matariki themed stories, waiata and activities with Aroha.   Read more

22Jun
Matariki Allstars 2018
22 June

Aotearoa’s premiere music event celebrating the uniqueness of Matariki in recognition of our established and emerging Maori & Pasifika Artists.  Read more

23Jun
Jo'el Komene - Roreka workshop - Taonga pūoro
23 June

Traditional Maori musical instruments, information, demonstration and making instruments.  Read more

25 Jun
to
26 Jun
Cultural connections
25 June to 26 June

Join us for a two programme to learn about our history, local iwi and hapu, and the cultural richness of our land.  Read more


25Jun
Mana Wahine - Artist Panel Discussion
25 June

Come and join us at this panel discussion looking at mana wahine (feminine power) and its various constructions and applications within contemporary art.   Read more

26Jun
Matariki Lecture Series: Getting to know the Natives
26 June

This workshop is designed to introduce you to some native plants and the people who use them. Learn traditional Rongoā Māori philosophies and practices and make your own Rongoā balm to take home with you.  Read more

26Jun
Tauranga Toddler Time with Sharon Holt
26 June

Sharon and Alan Holt bring their Te Reo Singalong books to life in an energetic and interactive show for Matariki.  Read more

26Jun
Pō Pūrākau ki Tutara Wānanga
26 June

Dress in your PJ's and join us for a magical Matariki storytelling night at Greerton Library!   Read more


27Jun
Papamoa Toddler Time with Sharon Holt
27 June

Sharon and Alan Holt bring their Te Reo Singalong books to life in an energetic and interactive show for Matariki.  Read more

27Jun
Matariki Lecture Series: Getting to know the Natives
27 June

This workshop is designed to introduce you to some native plants and the people who use them. Learn traditional Rongoā Māori philosophies and practices and make your own Rongoā balm to take home with you.  Read more

27Jun
Introduction to Bone Carving with Hei-Tuakiri - half day workshop
27 June

Introduction and appreciation for the art of Maori Bone Craving.  Read more

28Jun
Ko Mauao te Maunga: Legend of Mauao (Book Launch)
28 June

Join us to celebrate the launch of Debbie McCauley’s new book, Ko Mauao te Maunga: Legend of Mauao.  Read more


29Jun
The Maori Sidesteps
29 June

The Maori Sidesteps are a contemporary Maori showband, putting their own political spin on well-known songs and entertaining crowds with soulful harmonies and off the cuff comedy. Presented by: Baycourt Presents.  Read more

01Jul
Whare Thompson Carving demos
01 July

Carving demos by the esteemed carver Whare Thompson - out of his workshop at the Historic Village  Read more

01Jul
Introduction to Bone Carving with Hei-Tuakiri - Demonstration
01 July

Learn about cultural origins of whakairo and common bone carving designs. Free bite sized workshop and demonstration in bone carving  Read more

01Jul
Matariki Kite Day
01 July

Matariki kites will take to the sky on Sunday, 1 July.  Read more


06Jul
Aroha Atu an exhibition by Donna Dinsdale
06 July

Based around the woollen blanket as an iconic link between cultures in Aotearoa, the series of garments presented will communicate symbolism drawn from Aotearoa’s rich heritage.  Read more