Marae Idol

Returning by popular demand! Te Roopū Tautoko ki Te Tonga is proud to again host the Puaka Matariki Festival’s longest burning star event. Grab the team, grab the guitar, and sing in the Māori New Year at Araiteuru Marae. Nau mai, haere mai, puoro mai – everyone is welcome!

Give it your solo or group best in one of three categories – tamariki and rakatahi (children and teens), kā mātua (parents), and kaumātua (elders). The whole whānau is encouraged to participate, or enjoy the spectacle.

Araiteuru Marae, 24 Shetland Street, Wakari

Thursday 26 July, 6‒9.30pm. FREE

Contact [email protected]           027 555 5522

Ko kā waiata hei tohu o te whakamutuka o te taurima Puaka Matariki – The Festival Finale

Nau mai ki tō tātou nei ao, te ao o Te Aho Paihere!

Community kapa haka Te Aho Paihere invite everyone to celebrate the season in song, as we close the Puaka Matariki Festival. Two years have passed since Te Aho Paihere first came together, and this performance will reflect on the journey so far with a bracket of kapa haka compositions from the group.

Come early for a good seat, and stay for kaputī after!

Community Gallery, 20 Princes Street, Dunedin

Sunday 22 July, 3.30pm doors open 11am. FREE

Contact [email protected]              022 6495164  


From contemporary to traditional, the nostalgia of Hineraukatauri will resonate through the gifts that the Māori musicians will share. Come along and enjoy the experience and gift of Māori music.

Toitū OSM Josephine Foyer, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin

Sunday 22 July, 1.30pm. FREE

Contact 03 477 5052


Pact Matariki Celebrations

The Apartment, Te Whare and Link Centre clients, tāngata whaiora and support staff from across Dunedin and Balclutha will celebrate Puaka Matariki with a fun-filled day. It will include flax weaving, kapa haka including a performance from Wairua Pūhou, and hākari of hāngī, fried bread and pudding. Poetry readings from tāngata whaiora and music by the Pact staff band will keep us entertained. Grab a mic and join in! We will open with karakia and local kaumātua will also present a Puaka Matariki kōrero.

174 Princes Street (access via 35 Dowling Street), Dunedin

Wednesday 11 July, 9am ‒ 4pm. FREE ‒ confirm your attendance with Michelle.

Contact [email protected]