Two woman hold each other in an embrace

Kia Whakanui i a Matariki! 

Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki

Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi

Mānawa maiea te mātahi o te tau

Nau mai haere mai. Welcome to Te Puna Ora o Mataatua’s Matariki Celebrations 2024!

We’re welcoming whānau of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to celebrate Matariki with Te Puna Ora o Mataatua at our Matariki Celebration Thursday, June 27th from 4.45am at the Whakatāne Surf Lifesaving Club in Ōhope.

Please join us for karakia, kōrero, a hautapu, as well as parakuihi (breakfast)

Registrations are a must, click below to complete your registration.

A woman holding a lazer light points it towards a starry sky
Two woman smiling their faces are warmly lit by a bonfire

He Kōrero mō Matariki | About Matariki

This significant annual celestial event celebrates the first rising of Matariki (Pleiades) star cluster and holds great cultural and spiritual importance in Aoteaora, as it marks the beginning of the Māori New Year. 

Matariki is a time of remembrance, celebrating the present and looking to the future.

In te ao Māori, the season is used to connect with our whenua (land), rangi (sky), and tipuna (ancestors).

He aha tēnei mea te Hautapu? | What is a Hautapu?

When Matariki has risen, many will mark the occasion with a ceremony, commonly known as whāngai i te hautapu – or hautapu for short.
The hautapu is a chance to view Matariki, remember loved ones and to feed the Matariki whetū with a sacred offering.

Ka pēhea tātou e whakanui i te kaupapa nei? | How are we celebrating this?

As part of our celebrations, Te Puna Ora o Mataatua will be hosting a Hautapu where we will view Matariki and give karakia to each of the nine whetū.

We will also put together a small hangi as a kai offering to Matariki, with kai offerings for each of the whetū like ika, kūmara, tītī and other kai.

Our Hautapu is also a chance for you to remember your loved ones, and will include an opportunity for you to call out the names of those you have lost to ngā whetū.

Me pēhea koe e whakanui i te kaupapa nei? | How can you take part?

We’re encouraging you and your whānau to take part in this Hautapu. 

You can do so in the following ways:

  • Download our Rauemi below and whai mai i mātou on on the day!
  • Bring your whaakahua of your loved ones to add to our remembrance table.
A snapper, tītī, kūmara and tuna prepared as a hangi inside a small flax basket
A small flax basket on a stand, decorated by kawakawa leaves and surrounded by hue

Ngā Rauemi o Matariki 2024

Mānawatia a Matariki Karakia Booklet
Nā Dr Rangi Matāmua

Te Puna Ora o Mataatua Waiata booklet
Nā Te Puna Ora o Mataatua

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