Matariki 2020

Māori New Year

Matariki is over for 2020. Come back next year!

Each year the star cluster Matariki disappears from our skies in May. This year it returns between 13 and 20 July.


The Matariki star cluster. Image: Juan Iacruz, CC BY-SA 4.0

This marks the start of the Māori New Year, a time to celebrate and come together with whānau, friends and communities. It’s when we maumahara (remember) the people who came before us and when we share knowledge, traditions and skills through wānanga (learning).  It is a time to have fun and celebrate with a hākari (feast) and look forward to the year ahead.  

Canterbury Museum, the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, the International Antarctic Centre and South Canterbury Museum have joined together to give you a variety of activities to complete. Follow the links, gather your whānau and friends and have some fun celebrating Matariki together.

Pātaka models

Make Your Own Pātaka
Canterbury Museum

Air Force Museum

Make Your Own Kite
Air Force Museum of New Zealand

CAG 169

Make a Hanging Star
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Antarctic Centre Matariki

Antarctic Stardome and Matariki
International Antarctic Centre
Or make a Matariki Antarctic Star at home


Make a Porotiti
South Canterbury Museum

Matariki is over for 2020. Come back next year!

22 June – 26 July 2020
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