Matariki 2021


5 – 18 Hōngongoi July 2021

Venue: The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora

Nau mai, haere mai, Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre invites you to celebrate Matariki 2021 with us.

Ōtautahi is full of talented Māori creatives. Like the stars of Matariki, they shine through every creative practice within our community. To celebrate Matariki this year, we’ll be embracing agunga nui (connection) through ngā toi (the arts).

Gather your whānau and friends, and join us for a range of events to celebrate the occasion. Ngā toi is for everyone.

Some of these events are free, others that are by koha and some where a ticket needs to be purchased.

About Matariki

Matariki is the Māori New Year based on the lunar calendar. It is a time to celebrate new life, remember those who’ve passed on, and plan for the future. The start of the new dawn is a time to gather with whānau and friends and celebrate what has been and what is to come.

The full name of the Matariki star cluster is “Ngā mata o te ariki Tāwhirimātea” – the eyes of the ariki Tāwhirimātea, god of the winds and weather. When Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, the earth mother, were separated from their dark embrace by Tāne, Tāwhirimātea was distraught. He tore out his eyes, crushed them into pieces and stuck them onto the chest of the sky.

This star cluster is known by many names throughout the world. In Hawaii it is known as Makali’i – eyes of the king, in Greece it is known as Pleiades, and in Japan it is most famously known as Subaru.

The nine stars in the constellation of Matariki oversee different areas of importance in Māori life. They are; Matariki, Pōhutukawa, Waitī, Waitā, Waipuna-ā-rangi, Tupuānuku, Tupuārangi, Ururangi, and Hiwa-i-te-rangi. Early Māori did not view the constellation as a whole when gaining knowledge for the year ahead, but instead sought insight from the individual stars.

For mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Matariki is an important time. This is the time when whānau ensure their pātaka (food storehouses) are full. It is a time for them to reflect and plan how the land and waterways should be nurtured and prepared to ensure a bountiful and sustainable harvest season.

The Arts Centre’s Matariki programme is supported by the Christchurch City Council’s Events and Festivals Fund. 

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Matariki 2021 programme

Keep checking back as we continue to add more events and activities.

Drop-in session for tamariki (kids): Whetū Harakeke (flax stars)
13 & 15 Hōngongoi July 2021 School of Art

Join the team from Kahu Collective to create a beautiful Whetū Harakeke (flax stars). Find out more

Workshop: Hei taringa (harakeke earrings making)
6 & 17 Hōngongoi July 2020 School of Art

Create unique earrings using harakeke and basic weaving skills with the team from Kahu Collective. Find out more

Matariki Night Mākete
Friday 9 & Saturday 10 Hōngongoi July Market Square

Come and enjoy a special Arts Centre Mākete that celebrates Matariki. Find out more

OneOne
Friday 9 - Sunday 18 Hōngongoi July 2021 Great Hall

Immerse yourself in this award-winning AV/digital dance installation and VR experience by internationally recognised NZ arts laureate, Daniel Belton and Good Company Arts - a spellbinding Asia-Pacific Find out more

Cousins at Lumière Cinemas
Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Tuesday 13, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 Hōngongoi July 2021 West Lecture

Watch Cousins at Lumière Cinema to celebrate Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre's Matariki 2021.  Find out more

Thinking through the big picture...
Friday 16 Hōngongoi July Rutherford’s Den

Auckland based Nigel Borell's illustrated presentation will examine some of the challenges and successes in presenting the exhibition project Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art  Find out more

Calling on the Stars/Karanga mai ngā whetu
Sunday 18 Hōngongoi July Great Hall

Join us for our Matariki closing event where Lisa Tui and her band Toroa will take to the stage. Find out more

Riki Manuel's Waka
5 – 18 Hōngongoi July 2021 North Quad

Riki Manuel was part of Arts Waka, and created this beautiful Waka from earthquake rumble. Find out more

Tamariki Matariki pukapuka mahi (activity book)
Monday 5 - Sunday 18 Hōngongoi July First floor, Boys’ High

Bring your tamariki along to the Boys' High building where there is a fun Matariki pukapuka mahi (activity book) for them to enjoy. Find out more

Matariki Community Piano
5 – 18 Hōngongoi July 2021 North Quad

Remember that tune Gran taught you? or are you a talented player? Sit on down at our community piano and join in on the Matariki celebrations.  Find out more

Kapa Haka Showcase
11 Hōngongoi July 2021 Great Hall

Bring the whole whānau (family) to enjoy a showcase of this ancient, and living, Māori performing artform from local kapa haka groups. Find out more

Location map

Arts Centre wide,
Worcester Boulevard

Market Square South Quad North Quad Registry Student Union The Gym Engineering Common Room Library Biology, Observatory and Physics Chemistry School of Art West Lecture Classics Rutherford's Den Clock Tower Boy's High Workshop Great Hall
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