Past Event14 Jul 2023

Matariki Festival Day 2023

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Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square


Mānawatia a Matariki! Celebrate Matariki!  

Join us at Te Hōro ā-Tāone o Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland Town Hall and Te Papa Tū Wātea, Aotea Square on Friday, July 14 from 12pm – 6pm for Matariki Festival Day.   

Enjoy pūrākau (stories) with The Sandman, kai (food) from Sweet as Bowl, Local Legends Eats and 2wo Fat Ladies, kōrerorero (discussions) with our panel interviews featuring Moss Patterson, Maru Nihoniho and Liam Kokaua. Immerse yourself in toi Māori (art) and explore market stalls featuring tawhiao7, My Taiao, Papa Clothing, Ngāti Whatua Weavers, Rereahua Creatives, Jeanine Clarkin, Taiao Creative, KRS Apparel, and Maiden Tāmaki. Witness captivating whare tapere (performances) from NZ Dance Company, experience the power of kapa haka with Ngā Puna o Waiorea, and enjoy a soulful waiata session from Jordyn with a Why, Summer Vee, and Nat Rose. Let the tamariki groove to the rhythm of Loopy Tunes with Matariki-inspired music.

Step into the virtual reality game Guardian Maia and explore the Matariki stars while fully immersed in a digital world.

Bring friends and whānau for a full afternoon of joy, remembrance and celebration from 12-6pm in the Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square, Auckland Central.   

Brought to you by Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Council and iwi partner Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. Supported by Auckland Live, Vector Lights and Flava. 


Hikaia ngā ahi o Matariki  

Hikaia ngā ahi o Te Kahu Tōpuni o Tuperiri  

Light the ceremonial fires of Matariki  

Light the ceremonial fires of Te Kahu Tōpuni o Tuperiri 

Matariki Festival Day 2023 Line-up



12pm Karakia and welcome

12:10pm The New Zealand Dance Company
Matariki Hunga Nui

12:30pm Ngā Puna o Waiorea
Kapa Haka performance (outside on Aotea steps, Queen St side)

2:30pm Jordyn with a Why
Kaiwaiata (Singer-songwriter)

3:30pm Summer Vee
Kaiwaiata (Singer-songwriter)

4:30pm Nat Rose
Kaiwaiata (Singer-songwriter)


12pm Karakia and welcome
Miss Kihi Ririnui

12:15pm Kōrerorero Session
Interview with Moss Patterson (Artistic Director, Choreographer), Pita Turei (Multi-Disciplinary Artist)

1pm Kiriata Short Film
Ūkaipō Whenua (16min) Kararaina Rangihau

1:15pm Kōrerorero Session
Interviews with Maru Nihoniho (Māori Game Designer), Liam Kokaua (Maramataka and Pasifika migration)

2pm Kiriata Short Film
Washday (14min) Kath Akuhata Brown

2:55pm Whakarewatanga World Premier
Kupe by Tipene

3pm Whakanuia
Witi Ihimaera 50th year anniversary of Tāngi

3:30pm Kiriata Short Films
Untold Tales of Tuteremoana (50min) Hiona Henare

4pm Kirata Feature Film
Whetu Marama (94 min) Tony Mills


12pm Karakia and welcome

12:10pm Kaupapa Kori
Tamarki dancing and grooving

12:30pm Loopy Tunes
Ngā Whetū o Matariki for pre-schoolers

1pm Kaupapa Kori
Tamarki dancing and grooving

2pm Sands of Matariki
Lightbox storytelling

2:30pm Guardian Maia Matariki
Virtual reality experience

Matariki Festival 2023

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