Matariki - the Māori New Year - took place on Pipiri 18 June 2015. During Matariki we celebrate our unique place in the world. We give respect to the whenua on which we live, and admiration to our mother earth, Papatūānuku.
Our theme for Matariki 2015 was Maumaharatanga: Remembrance - Our people, our places, our past.
Our 2015 Matariki events included:
Matariki competition - win an eReader
We gave away a Kobo Glo eReader on Facebook and our blog.
Matariki Community Art Project in the Library
Come along to any library and learn about our people, our places, and our past. Make a paper korowai maumahara (memory cloak) from stencil rubbings. Once finished, you can add it to the community art space or take it home.
Matariki Community Art Project at Shirley Library - Te Kete Wānanga o Ōraka. People are making a paper korowai maumahara (memory cloak) from stencil rubbings. June 2015. Flickr DSC04890
Matariki Wā Kōrero - Matariki Storytimes
Join us and share stories, rhymes and songs themed around Matariki.
Suitable for tamariki aged 2 to 5 years. Sessions are 30 minutes with an art activity to follow.
See our list of Matariki Wā Kōrero - Matariki Storytimes.
Matariki storytime at Te Kete Wānanga o Ōraka. Shirley Library. Monday 16 June 2014.
Celebrate Matariki at the Botanic Gardens - Sunday 21 June 11am to 3pm
We celebrated Matariki at the Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens. There was something for everyone with displays on Matariki, kapa haka performance, interactive storytelling, community art projects and a talk with Joseph Hullen.
Whānau Fun Day at Rehua Marae - Saturday 27 June 10am to 4pm
A Whānau fun day of storytelling, stalls, information, whānau activities, and much more.
Rehua Marae, St Albans, Christchurch. Saturday 28 June 2014.
Matariki resources at your library
- Explore our page on Matariki.
- Read our page on Matariki for kids.
- Find more information on Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Māori for tamariki.