Matariki - What is happening in the Tararua District?

Published 21 Jul 2023

During the Matariki period there will be some fantastic events happening across the district to bring whānau and friends together to celebrate this special time.

Ahi kā - Monday, July 10
Please join to kindle the fire of the Ahi Kā roa of Rangitāne here in Te Tapere-nui-o-Whatonga and celebrate Matariki with a Whāngai i te Hautapu ceremony. (For further information, please follow Te Whare Taiao o Rangitāne on Facebook)

Whiuwhiu Pātai - Tuesday, July 11
Merrylees, Dannevirke, 5.30pm
Submit a team to strengthen your knowledge about Marariki. $10.00 per person. Nibbles will be provided, BYO Drinks. Limited to 10 teams . Link to register:

Kaumātua luncheon, Wednesday, 12 July
A well deserved event celebrating our Kaumātua (For further information, please follow Te Whare Taiao o Rangitāne on Facebook)

Matariki Nightmarket, The new date is: 28 July 2023 – 4pm to 7pm
A whānau friendly  night for all,

Rangitāne Square, Dannevirke, 4-7pm
Check out the food stalls, enjoy the talent competition, marvel at the lights, watch the Kapa Haka and have a great time with whānau and friends celebrating the Māori New Year.

Matariki Talent Quest (see above)
Wednesday. 12 July 2023
If you are 5 - 15 years old and would love to share your amazing talent with us at our Matariki Night Market… then be quick!
Register now by sending your name, age and what act you will be doing to:

Opening of Te Wānanga Taiao - education centre at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre.
Thursday, 14 July, 1.30pm - gold coin entry.  

Matariki at Pahiatua Marae. 14 July. Free weekend event for all. 6.30am Hautapu – Lightfire. 7.15am Parakuihi-Brekky+Cuppa. 9am Pōhiri-Welcome. 10am Workshops. 2.30pm Hangi.

Matariki at Te Ahu a Tūranga Marae. 29 July

Manawatia a Matariki Tāmaki-nui-Rua - Annual Matariki Festival. Friday, 4 August
A & P Showgrounds - 4:30 pm - 09:00 pm

A free whānau event. Fireworks display, food stalls, art and craft, gams, train rides and much more.

For further information on these events, please follow the facebook pages of Te Whare Taiao o Rangitāne and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Tāmaki nui-a-Rua or check out