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Welcome to the home of Matariki -

Te Tauranga o ngā Waka



Here you'll find information about Matariki and all of the events that are

offered within the Western Bay of Plenty from Waiororo to Ōtamarākau.

Matariki for our rohe starts on the 8th June 2024.

The theme for 2024 is Waitī and Waitā

The programme will be launched late May, then all the events will be up to check out.

 Do you have an Matariki event that is held in the Western Bay of Plenty? Hit the button below to submit your event for approval so we can promote your event online.


What is Matariki?

Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster also known as the Pleiades. While it comprises over 300 stars, only seven are typically seen. At the end of May this year, we can observe Matariki rise in the north-eastern horizon just before dawn.


Matariki is a time for remembering the dead and celebrating new life. Matariki was a season for manaakitanga (hospitality) that brought communities together. Visitors were showered with gifts of specially preserved food and other delicacies. Throughout Matariki, Māori learnt from each other, which ensured that traditions like arts, weaving, waiata, performances, wānanga and whakapapa were passed from one generation to the next.



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