Auckland iwi Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei was named this year’s iwi manaaki for the Matariki Festival 2021. Photo / Supplied

Auckland iwi Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei welcomes everyone to announce the Maori New Year after being named this year’s host for the Matariki festival.

Tonight, the mantle that iwi manaaki (host iwi) holds for each Matariki festival was passed from the hosts of 2020 Waikato-Tainui to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei at the launch ceremony of the Matariki festival.

Matariki is a star cluster that usually rises in June and represents the start of a new year according to the Maori lunar calendar, known as maramataka.

It is celebrated differently across Aotearoa in New Zealand among the ngā iwi Māori, traditionally a time of reflection, ceremonies and events that welcome a promise of the New Year.

The opening ceremony took place tonight at the Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Auckland War Memorial Museum.

This year’s festival should be a great milestone for Matariki’s official recognition in 2022 when it becomes a public holiday.

It will include a vector light show on the Auckland Harbor Bridge that will feature a new “iwi light show” by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and the story of the iwi migration to Tāmaki Makaurau.

“We are proud to be the iwi manaaki at this year’s Matariki festival.” said Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei chairman Marama Royal.

Royal describes Matariki as a “unique” historical and cultural tradition for te iwi Maori and Aotearoa.

It is a time for friends and whānau to come together to reflect on the past, the past year, enjoy good food and celebrate new beginnings.

“The role of iwi manaaki during the festival is a wonderful opportunity for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and we look forward to sharing with Tāmaki Makaurau our ahi kā story and the deep connection we have with our rohe.”

The festival opens with the Matariki Dawn Karakia, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on June 19, which will take place in Takaparawhau, also known as Bastion Point.

The festival is an amazing opportunity for Aucklanders to go out and make the most of the event, bask in the beautiful area and learn about the kaupapa around Matariki.

He is ready to provide festival-goers with knowledge about the importance of Matariki before it becomes a national holiday.

Previous iwi to host the festival include: Waikato-Tainui, Te Kawerau a Maki, Ngāti Manuhiri and Ngāti Paoa.

The festival was established over 10 years ago and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is the fifth iwi manaaki. It will also host the event in 2022.

Mana whenua collaborated with Auckland Council to see its success.

“It’s fantastic to have Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei as iwi manaaki for this year’s Matariki festival,” Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said.

“The festival is an opportunity for the people of Auckland to experience and appreciate the stories and traditions of Matariki through the eyes of the iwi host.”

“I know this partnership will result in a great event and I encourage all Aucklanders to
take part in our city’s first winter festival. “

The Matariki 2021 festival begins on June 19 and will run until July 11.

An astrophoto of the Matariki star cluster taken by Stephen Chadwick in July 2020.
An astrophoto of the Matariki star cluster taken by Stephen Chadwick in July 2020.

What is Matariki?

Matariki is commonly known as a cluster of nine stars which all have significant meaning for te ao Māori.

They bear the names of:

• Matariki

• Pōhutukawa

• Tupuānuku

• Tupuārangi

• Wait

• Wait for a

• Waipuna-à-Rangi

• Ururangi

• Hiwa-i-te-Rangi

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This notice was published: 2021-06-03 09:00:00


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