image: Auckland Council
Photograph by Stefan Marks
The festival, celebrating the rise of the Matariki constellation, signifies the start of Māori New Year and begins 20 June – 19 July 2015 with a Dawn Karakia on Maungakiekie(One Tree Hill).
“Matariki 2015 is a celebration of community and iwi and an opportunity for people of all ages to take part in the festival and learn more about Māori culture and ancient Māori celebration and its traditions.
Held in different locations throughout Auckland, exciting events such as the Super 12s and family fun day Manu Aute Kite Day at Orakei Marae not only that but community events including art exhibitions, theatre productions and family activities are all part of the amazing Matariki festival.
Other highlights include Manu Aute Kite Day on 18 July at Ōrākei Marae with Ngati Whatua conducting rolling powhiri at the marae throughout the day to give members of the public a chance to experience a Māori welcome first hand.
*Dawn Karakia: Welcome in the start of the Matariki Festival and the Māori New Year with a karakia on the summit of Maungakiekie. Saturday 20 June, 6am
*Ngā Aho Whakaari Matariki Shorts: Showcase of seven Māori short films – curated by Leo Koziol, Director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival. Tuesday, 23 June, Black Note, 223 Symonds Street
*Matariki on the Move: A series of free concerts starting on 24 June with The Ed Waaka Band at Te Mahurehure Marae, Point Chevalier and running throughout the festival. Other performers include Rob Ruha with the Black Quartet, comedy show Double Derelicts and Hawaiki Tu Haka Theatre Company.
*Mika Haka Foundation presents Matariki Mix-It Mika Haka “Darker” + BBOY, Kapa Haka and contemporary dance. Saturday 20 June, Te Pou Theatre, New Lynn and 26 and 27 June, Basement Theatre, Greys Ave
*Wananga-a-kai – Hangi making workshop: Learn how to make a traditional hangi with Māori chef Rewi Spraggon. Sunday, 5 July, Te Mahurehure Marae, Point Chevalier
*Rōmeo rāua ko Hurieta: A te reo performance of Shakespeare’s classic, Romeo and Juliet. 7-11 July, Māori Court, Auckland Museum
*2degrees Kapa Haka Super 12s: 12 teams, 12 minutes, $12,000 prize money up for grabs. Saturday, 11 July, The Cloud, Queens Wharf
* Manu Aute Kite Day: Fly kites with the whole family. Saturday 18 July, Orakei Marae
*Matariki on the Waterfront: The festival finale with food, music, art, culture and performances. 17-19 July, Silo Park, Auckland Waterfront
Click: matarikifestival.org.nz for more information. #Matariki15