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Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti is actively involved in the promotion and revitalisation of Matariki in the community. 

Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades.  The ascent of Matariki in late May or June signalled the change of season and heralded the start of the Māori New Year.  For iwi on the west coast, the ascent of Puanga (Rigel in Orion) indicates the start of the Māori New Year as the pae maunga (mountain ranges) obstruct the view of Matariki. 

When is Matariki?

Different iwi celebrate Matariki at different times.  The Māori New Year is marked by the ascent of Matariki and the sighting of the next new moon.

In 2016 Matariki will take place on 6 June.Matariki logo

How to find Matariki

Check out the Beginners guide to finding Matariki availabe on Signposts, the weblog of Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

Matariki events on the Kāpiti Coast

Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti in partnership with Kāpiti Coast district libraries and pools are actively involved in the promotion and revitalisation of Matariki in the community. Click here for the full range of activities that you and your whānau can get involved in: Matariki Events

This year there will be a range of local events provided by community groups, kura (schools) and the Council for you and your family to enjoy from June through to the end of July. 

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Matariki @ Nga Purapura: A Community Celebration of the Māori New Year
Saturday 23 July 11am – 4pm
Bring the family for a fun day of festivities.  Have a go at free workshops such as poi making, lantern making, kite making, weaving, jewellery making and taonga pūoro (māori musical instruments).
We will also have lots of different live music all day long, free face painting, story-telling, a jam room plus a variety of fundraising groups cooking up some delicious kai.  Bring the whanau and come celebrate Matariki!
@ Ngā Purapura, Tasman Road, Ōtaki. 


Each year Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti produces a maramataka (calendar) that covers the period 1 July to 30 June and includes information for fishing and planting by the moon. 

The maramataka is officially blessed and launched around the time of Matariki.

The 2015/16 maramataka will be available for purchase from July at Council Service Centres for $10 each. 

Contact us

Kāpiti Coast District Council
175 Rimu Road
Private Bag 60601
Paraparaumu 5254

04 296 4700 
0800 486 486
Fax: 04 296 4830 

Opening hours:

8am to 5pm - Monday to Friday

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