Matariki - Devonport


Matariki Devonport - June 15 til 20 July, 2018

Matariki is the name of the star cluster Pleiades that rises in the night sky during mid-winter. The word Matariki means the ‘eyes of God’ – mata ariki, and the emergence of the stars heralds, in Māori tradition, the start of the new year.

Matariki is a wonderful time to bring whanau together, remember those who have passed, celebrate life life ahead, share kai, aroha and the spirit of community.

There is plenty to do to celebrate Matariki in Devonport, so come out of hibernation and celebrate the Māori new year with us.


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Mid Winter Swim @ Devonport Beach: Sunday June 17th @ 11am Windsor Reserve:
Calling all mid winter swimmers! Come along in your best swimming costume and join us in celebrating Matariki and the mid winter solstice at this iconic Devonport event!  The dip in the sea will be followed by a cup of hot soup for all swimmers and prize giving.  For more info contact Amanda 0211847271.

devonport library6267Matariki Family Celebration @ Devonport Library: Thursday July 19th @ 11am: Have a cup of tea or coffee and sample a slice of our friendship bread; then make your own bread starter to take home. Do you want to share or swap vegetables and seeds in time to start thinking about a new planting season? Whanau and friends can enjoy a relaxing morning at Devonport Library, including stories and games for the children. For any queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring Devonport Library

Heaven and Earth smallRangi & Papa, Heaven & Earth Glow in the Dark Puppet Show @ The Vic: Monday 25 June 1pm & Tuesday 26th June 11am & 1pm: Heaven and Earth – Rangi and Papa explore the seven sisters and the legend of Matariki, with over 25 magical glow-in-the-dark puppets. Suitable for Primary to Intermediate aged children. The show consists of a 40 minute performance and 20 minute Q&A where the audience get to meet and greet the actors and the voices behind the characters. See here for more



depotKahurangiariki Smith’s ‘MāoriGrl’ @ The Depot: 23 June – 11th July. Exhibition opening June 23 @ 11am: MāoriGrl combines installation and video game to reinvent the story of Hinetītama, the woman who became the goddess of death in Māori mythology. See here for more.

Artist Talk with Kahurangiariki Smith & Dr Aroha Yates-Smith @ The Depot: July 8th 1-2.30pm: MāoriGrl in the Context of Atua Wāhine. See here for more.

Chocolate fondantDevonport’s Matariki Dish 22- 30 June: Visit some of Devonport’s best eateries and try their Matariki Dish. Each restaurant is serving up a carefully curated dish for Matariki, using Native ingredients and flavours. Participating restaurants are: Hemingways, Vondel, Vic Road Kitchen, Dixie Browns, Devon on the Wharf and Devonport Chocolates. See more here.

Devonport's Matariki Progressive Dinner July 3rd @ 6pm & July 10th @ 7pm: Snap up one of the only 60 seats available in this progressive dinner that will see you literally travelling down Devonport's dining corridor tasting four of our leading restaurants Matariki Dishes. Book your seat here, of see here for more details. 

Māori Oral Tradition Author Talk June 26th 7-8.30pm @ The Devonport Library: Join us at Devonport Library to hear Jane McRae speak about the importance of nineteenth-century Māori manuscripts to her research for Māori Oral Tradition and to the survival of the oral tradition. “Māori oral tradition is the rich, poetic record of the past handed down by voice over generations through whakapapa, whakataukī, kōrero and waiata. A voice from the past, today this remarkable record underpins the speeches, songs and prayers performed on marae and the teaching of tribal genealogies and histories. Indeed, the oral tradition underpins Māori culture itself. This book introduces readers to the distinctive oral style and language of the traditional compositions, and it shows how ngā kōrero tuku iho – the inherited words – can be a deep well of knowledge about the way of life, wisdom and thinking of the Māori ancestors.”