Brightly colorful fireworks on twilight background.

What is Matariki

The star cluster Matariki appears in our skies in the month of Pipiri (June-July), marking the start of the Maori New Year.

This is the coldest time of the year and Pipiri means “to draw close”. It’s a time to come together with your friends, whanau, and communities.
It’s about eating, reflecting, having fun, and looking forward to the year ahead.

OPOTIKI will be celebrating the Maori New Year in style next weekend with a Matariki Festival on Saturday, June 22.

The festival is being held at Ohui Domain, also known as Magpie Park, from 12 noon until 5.30pm.

Opotiki i-Site and the Opotiki District Council have partnered with Maori movement for positive change E Tu Whanau to deliver this inaugural event.

There will be live entertainment, including kapa haka with Opotiki Mai Tawhiti, bands Sister Act and Remaster Music, and solo artist Bailea Twomey. There will also be amusement rides, a range of delicious kai, interactive stalls and a mini marketplace with Matariki-themed activities and local crafts.

Organisers say this will finish with a firework finale, which will be the largest Opotiki has ever seen.

For more information, visit the Facebook page, Opotiki Matariki Festival.