Whakanuia a Matariki ki Te Kura Matatini ki Otago

Celebrate Matariki at Otago Polytechnic


Kōrero mai Mānawatia a Matariki!


That’s how you wish someone the best for the Māori New Year. Matariki is a cluster of stars that is only visible to us during part of the year.

The festival of Matariki celebrates when the constellation reappears in the sky, becoming visible just before dawn.

There are different customs and stories about Matariki around the motu. Puaka is another star commonly acknowledged in the southern part of Aotearoa, and here in Otago we celebrate both the rising of Matariki and Puaka that signifies management of natural resources and harvesting.  

During Matariki we come together to remember those who we have lost in the past year, celebrate the present, and look forward to the promise of the new year. 

This is also the third year that Matariki is recognised as a public holiday in Aotearoa New Zealand! This year, Te Punaka Ōwheo—our Māori learner support team— invite you to celebrate Matariki with them.  


There are several ways you can participate throughout the week of June 24th.


Matariki Events at Otago Polytechnic

We welcome you to join us for events and take the time to say “Mānawatia a Matariki” 

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Mahi toi

Kōrero and painting canvas to display in Poho with guest speaker, Piupiu Turei

Ākonga Māori Poho Monday 24 - Thursday 27 June @12pm

Matariki huka nui 

Remember those who have passed, write their names and decorate the star. 

Kōrero about Pohutukawa - one of the stars of Matariki

All welcome Pounamu near the main Hub entrance Monday 24 June - Monday 1 July

Kai and connect 

Free brunch 

Ākonga Māori  Poho Monday 24 June, Tuesday 25 June and Thursday 27 June @10am - 12.30pm

Kōhatu painting 

Te Pā residents Te Pā Tauira Monday 24 June @7pm
Hāngī in The Hub All welcome The Hub  Wednesday 26 June @12pm
Waka Whetū All welcome Tūhura Otago Museum Wednesday 26 June - Sunday 14 July @10am-4pm 

He Toki IT 

End of programme celebration 

He Toki IT ākonga Poho Thursday 27 June @3pm 



Published on 20 Jun 2023

Orderdate: 20 Jun 2023
Expiry: 5 Jul 2025