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Matariki in Porirua

Nau mai, haere mai ki Porirua City. Join us to celebrate the Māori New Year

Join us Inside Under the Stars at Te Rauparaha Arena where there’ll be fun for the whole whānau with kapa haka performances, Opera Under the Stars, delicious kai, a family sing-along, group fitness, and more.


Inside under the stars at Te Rauparaha Arena

Special thanks to AV Media for creating this spectatular night sky indoors.

Matariki Festival

3-11 July 2021
Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua

Event Schedule

Ben Makisi

TICKETS: 3 July, 6.30pm - 9pm. $70pp

You won't want to miss this fantastic three-course banquet with opera singer Ben Makisi. 👉🏽 event details

Under the stars experience

FREE: 3, 4, 10 & 11 July at 10am - 3pm

Experience the story of Matariki, a virtual haka, and the spectacular starlit setting. 👉🏽 event details

Community Singalong

FREE: 4 July, 6pm - 8pm 

Bring the whānau, your singing pipes & a blanket for a community singalong  👉🏽 event details

Arena Fitness Group Fit: Hula Active

FREE: 5 July, 6pm - 6.45pm

Get your groove back this Matariki by joining us for a free Arena Hula Active class. 👉🏽 event details

Matariki craft session with Hinehapainga

FREE: 6 July, 12.30 - 1.30pm, registration required

Special Matariki craft session, making star mobiles to celebrate the Māori new year. 👉🏽 event details

Arena Fitness Group Fit: Body Balance

FREE: 6 July, 7pm - 7.45pm

Let's stretch and unwind together at our special Matariki-themed Body Balance class. 👉🏽 event details

Matariki Story World

FREE: 7 July, 10.45am - 11.30am

Matariki Story World with Porirua Libraries – twinkle, twinkle, little stars. 👉🏽 event details

Te Reo Māori Baby Band

FREE: 8 July, 10.30am - 11.00am

Join the Baby Band team at Porirua Libraries during Matariki. 👉🏽 event details

Hāngi Under the Stars

TICKETS: 8 July, 5.00pm - 7.00pm. $17 per hāngi

Join us for a hearty hāngi, Matariki celebrations, and stories of the stars. 👉🏽 event details

8 July, 5.00pm - 7.00pm, Te Rauparaha Arena

Doors will open at 5.00pm.

On arrival, pick up your individual hāngi serving, get comfy at one of our tables and listen to stories about Matariki. Enjoy the atmosphere and feel like you are sitting under the stars - inside!

👉 Hāngī includes chicken drumstick, pork, double stuffing, cabbage, pumpkin, kumara and steamed pudding.

matariki 2020

Matariki Story World

FREE: 9 July, 10.45am - 11.30am

Join the Story World team at Porirua Libraries during Matariki. 👉🏽 event details

Kapa Haka Under the Stars

FREE: 11 July, 6pm - 7.30pm

Te Kura Maori o Porirua kapa haka performances 👉🏽 event details

How to find the Matariki star cluster

Martin Langdon from Te Papa's Learning Team shows us how to find the Matariki star cluster during the Māori New Year, which falls in the month of Pipiri (June-July). For more information, the Te Papa website has lots of resources to help you understand what Matariki is all about and celebrate it at home

Nau mai, haere mai ki Porirua City. Join us to celebrate the Māori New Year