Matariki, Māori New Year takes place 25 – 29 June. It is a time to celebrate new life and new beginnings, remember those who’ve passed and to plan for the future. It is a time to spend with whānau and friends, and enjoy kai (food), waiata (song), tākaro (games) and haka.
Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars that rises around mid-winter. It is when crops were harvested and seafood, birds and crops were preserved for winter.
There are a number of community events taking place during Matariki, see what’s on in Christchurch here>