The 2022 Puaka Matariki Festival runs from Tuesday 21 June to Sunday 3 July

… and the inaugural Aotearoa-wide Matariki public holiday is Friday 24 June 2022, which will be marked here in Ōtepoti at dawn here ☟

and over the long weekend in the Steamer Basin, here ☟

The Dunedin Puaka Matariki Festival is unique to Ōtepoti, marking the Māori New Year through a citywide programme of community events, celebrating the midwinter season of wānaka (learning) and whanaukataka (community spirit).

In bygone days, Tākata Māori observed the rising of the lone star Puaka or the Matariki cluster of stars as the beginning of the New Year: the harvest season had ended and winter days were best spent indoors. This alignment of calendars to the rising of either celestial body is ancient and occurs all around Moananui-ā-Kiwa, the Pacific.

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Images of Previous Puaka Matariki Festivals

2019 Pīata Mai Festival | Creative Natives | Image of Jennifer Duff | Community Gallery
2019 Flagstaff Community Church – Under The Southern Stars Matariki Celebration Weekend | School Creek native tree planting | Credit: Ken Harray
2019 Treasured Plants Tour | Rob Tipa, Rua McCallum, Alistair Fraser | Dunedin Botanic Garden
2019 Mauri Hauora Workshop & Romiromi Māori Healing Bodywork Sessions | Ariana Sutton | Dunningham Suite, Dunedin City Library
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