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Matariki - Te Tauranga o ngā Waka

Saturday 08 June to Saturday 06 July 2024


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Sat 08 June to Sat 06 July


Tauranga Moana and the Western Bay of Plenty

This year marks Aotearoa New Zealand’s third official celebration of Matariki, with a public holiday taking place on Friday 28 June 2024. Here in Tauranga and across the Western Bay, we’re ushering in the Māori New Year with a star-studded, month-long event programme starting on Saturday 8 June and running to Saturday 6 July. All event information can be found on mymatariki.co.nz.

We’ve launched a new name for our Matariki event series this year, Matariki - Te Tauranga o ngā Waka. This name encompasses Tauranga Moana and the Western Bay of Plenty, from Waiororo near Athenree in the north, to Otamarākau, near Maketu in the south. 

This year’s event programme embraces the themes Waitī and Waitā, two of the stars in the Matariki cluster. Waitī signifies fresh water and Waitā saltwater. Both stars represent all living creatures and food sources sustained within their waters.

Matariki Te Tauranga o ngā Waka 2024 has something for everyone, with a wide range of events taking place across the region, including workshops, exhibitions, live performances, family events and more. 

Visit mymatariki.co.nz for events taking place across the region. Download the Matariki events booklet from the website or pick up a copy from Te Ao Mārama, Tauranga City Libraries. 

Nau mai – come and discover what Matariki means for our region and our people.