Maanawatia A Matariki


Hamilton Kirikiriroa Lake Stage
Friday 24 June 4pm - 8pm*  
Free event   

Huihui mai | Come together for our city’s first event of its kind, Maanawatia a Matariki, to celebrate the rising of the star cluster Matariki that marks our Maaori New Year. 

The arrival of Matariki is a sign for people gather and celebrate new life, remember those who’ve passed and to plan for the future.  

Rally your whaanau and friends together to enjoy a night of taraka kai (food trucks), waiata (song), rekareka (fun) and haka. There’ll be a range of activities that includes lights and stars for the tamariki (children) to enjoy. 

Make sure you wrap up warm, bring something to sit on and join us at Hamilton Kirikiriroa Lake.  

*Please note: The event will be moved to the same time on Saturday 25 June if there is rain on Friday 24 June.

Featuring performances by:  

​Te Pou o Mangataawhiri

Te Pou o Mangataawhiri is a kapa haka performance group that represents Tainui waka. 

See their performances on Te Ao


​Late 80s Mercedes

With a knack for rearranging Top 40 songs into toe tapping, funk-soul swing numbers, these Kirikiriroa lads always keep the dance floor moving.  


​Jaqi & Jade

Interactive music, movement in english and te reo with entertainers Jaqi & Jade who will have the whole family moving.

Find out more about Jaqi & Jade here.


​Georgia Lines

Independant New Zealand artist Georgia Lines will showcase her ever evolving craft and creative palette at Maanawatia a Matariki. Come listen to the singer/songwriter's soulful, dream-like vocals, and distinctive feel-good R&B-sprinkled pop.

Visit Georgia's website for more.



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More Matariki events in Hamilton 

Find out what’s else is happening for Matariki across all our public facilities by visiting the following websites:  

More about Matariki 

*Maaori believe that the appearance of Matariki in the morning sky in the mid-winter marks the Maaori New Year, or Te Maatahi o te Tau.  

Our tuupuna (ancestors) would look to Matariki for help with their harvesting. When Matariki disappeared in April/May, it was time to preserve crops for the winter season. When it re-appeared in June/July, tuupuna would read the stars to predict the upcoming season – clear and bright stars promised a warm and abundant winter while hazy stars warned of a bleak winter. 

Because Maaori follow the Maaori lunar calendar, not the European calendar, the dates for Matariki change every year. 

Learn more about Matariki and the cluster of stars with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (*source).  

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