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Taking its name from a cluster of stars which rise and become visible in the pre-dawn sky in June, Matariki signals the beginning of the Māori New Year and traditionally the brighter the star cluster, the more plentiful the coming season's harvest.

Highlights in this year's Matariki celebrations are Ahi Kā (21 June) - an opportunity to celebrate and learn about the Māori New Year with fire, food, friends and whānau and Matariki Fireworks (29 June) - Wellington's spectacular annual fireworks show has been moved to June to coincide with the city's Matariki celebrations. 

There's a constellation of events happening around the Wellington region to mark and celebrate this significant date on Aotearoa’s calendar - click to read our Matariki event feature and gather your hoa (friends) and whanāu (family), rug up warm and mark Matariki this year.