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Puanga Matariki


Wed 21 Jun 2017, 10:00am–6:00pm
Thu 22 Jun 2017, 9:00am–6:00pm
Fri 23 Jun 2017, 9:00am–8:00pm
Sat 24 Jun 2017, 10:00am–7:30pm
Sun 25 Jun 2017, 1:00am–4:00pm

Where: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po, 10 Bath St, Levin, Horowhenua

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: TeTakere

This year the Horowhenua District Council in partnership with Muaupoko Tribal Authority are coordinating a series of events across the district for Puanga Matariki.

Beginning and ending at Horowhenua’s culture and community centre, Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po, the week of 16 - 25 June will include events at Foxton and Shannon this year.

When the Matariki stars rise in the eastern skies of New Zealand, it signals a celebration of the Māori new year throughout the country. The Horowhenua celebrates Puanga, the new year’s star visible throughout Matariki from along New Zealand’s west coast. It is a time to wānanga, to honour the ancestors and plant hope for the future.

Enjoy a varied programme of free workshops, a stargazing evening at Foxton, Starlab Planetarium at Shannon and Te Takere, fun games, workshops, music, Kapa haka and community kai.

Beginning with a Powhiri and Karakia we welcome the Starlab for Friday 16 and Saturday 17 June. Inside this inflatable planetarium, people experience an audio-visual spectacle lead by expert astronomer Gloria Witherford.

Throughout the week Maoritanga and taonga treasures will be displayed with the chance to learn skills in immersive free workshops. A Ta moko artist and harakeke weavers will be resident at various times during opening hours.

The week's activity culminates in concerts of Kapa haka and waiata on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 June, events that will share the heart and spirit of our community with hakari where you are invited to bring an offering and sample hangi in celebration of the new year.

We end with a concert in Te Reo and English by singer-songwriter Brannigan Kaa on Sunday 25 June, the day Matariki appears in the West.

Visit our website for the events schedule -