Matariki: “Pathway to the wellbeing of man”

17 June – 17 July 2022

Countdown to Matariki Ki Waikato 2022








Matariki Ki Waikato

The Matariki ki Waikato (MKW) festival celebrations see in our Maaori new year with events that collectively aspire to create a more prosperous future for our communities. We commence with a dawn ceremony that commemorates the birth date of King Koroki and continue with Kaupapa Maaori events that span across the arts, music, hauora, taiao and education. We acknowledge the bounty of the Waikato rohe, including our Kiingitanga, histories, whenua, and peoples.

E whakawhiti atu ai it te koopu mania o kirirkiriroa me oona maara kai, te ngaawhaa whakatupu ake o te whenua moomona.

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“Matariki rere ki pae mahara”
“Matariki a time to remember and reflect”
Matariki is commonly known as the Maaori New Year and is marked by the rising of the cluster of stars named Pleiades or Matariki according to Maaori.

There are many significant Matariki stories, locally she is known as the daughter of Papatuanuku and Raumati. According to Maaori cosmology, when their children separated Ranginui, the skyfather and Papatuuaanuku the earth mother, Taawhirimaatea God of the winds became so angry he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens. This was the creation of Matariki.

Maataapono/ Our Why

Te Ohu Whakaita (TOW) Trust is the Governing Group for The Matariki ki Waikato Working Group. Our vision is that Te Ao Maaori is valued and celebrated by all. Our purpose is to support events that share Te Ao Maaori through experiences that weave people together.

Maataapono (Principles):

  • Te Paki O Matariki: Recognising the Kiingitanga.
  • Tino Rangatiratanga: Kaupapa Maaori Festival events
  • Whanaungatanga: Celebrating and strengthening communities
  • Kotahitanga: Sharing Te Ao Maaori with all communities.

Matariki ki Waikato Roopuu

Endorsed by Te Ohu Whakaita Trust, the Matariki ki Waikato Working Roopuu was formed to bring together organisations across the Waikato region to raise awareness around the Celebration of Matariki. Representatives from the following organisations have contributed to the Matariki ki Waikato Working Group since Matariki celebrations in Kirikiriroa began in 2009.

NgAA Mihi Nui!

Resources/ He Rauemi

Matariki Ki Waikato resources are procured from throughout New Zealand.

We would like to thank all those communities who have participated in this shared knowledge.