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Matariki in Porirua

Nau mai, haere mai ki, Porirua City. Join us to celebrate the Māori New Year 2022.

Join us inside under the stars at Te Rauparaha Arena where there’ll be fun for the whole whānau. Experience the story of Matariki in our spectacular starlit setting, kapa haka performances, live music, a hearty hangi, and interactive visual light displays.


✨ Event Schedule ✨


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Friday 24 June - Friday 1 July

Matariki messages at Pātaka

FREE 9am - 5.30pm

Join us for some whānau craft and share your hopes for the Māori New Year on our Star Wall – write your message of reflection, celebration or aspiration for the year ahead. Event details


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Friday 24 June

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Matariki Event booth

FREE 9.30am – 4.30pm

Arts and craft for tamariki, colour in the nine stars of Matariki and make a glow in the dark Matariki star. Spot prizes along the way. Event details


Matariki 2022

Friday 24 June

Interactive night sky experience

FREE 10am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 12.15pm, 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm and 3.15pm

Inside under the stars at Te Rauparaha Arena, spectacular starlit setting and interactive displays. No booking required, first-come, first-serve. Event details.


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Friday 24 June

Whiti Te Rā! tours with Ngāti Toa

FREE 10am, 11.30am and 2.30pm

An opportunity to learn from our iwi hosts about the stories and taonga of Whiti Te Rā! – the iconic exhibition of Ngāti Toa with 30-minute tours. Book to avoid disappointment. Event details

BOOK: 04 237 3849, visit Pātaka reception, or walk-in on the day.


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Friday 24 June

Curatorial tour for ‘Nomads of The Sea.’

FREE 11am

Join us at Pātaka for a 45-minute curatorial tour of Lisa Reihana: Nomads of the Sea. Book to avoid disappointment. Event details

BOOK: 04 237 3849, visit Pātaka reception, or walk-in on the day.


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Friday 24 June

Storytime: Te Kuia Me Te Pūngāwerewere

FREE 11am and 12pm, Pātaka Art Museum

Bilingual Story telling by Taki Rua’s Tanemahuta Gray of The Kuia and the Spider, a beloved children’s book by Patricia Grace. Event details


Matariki 2022

Saturday 25 June

Interactive night sky experience

FREE 10am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 12.15pm, 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm and 3.15pm

Inside under the stars at Te Rauparaha Arena, spectacular starlit setting and interactive displays. No booking required, first-come, first-serve. Event details.


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Saturday 25 June

Whiti Te Ra tours with Ngāti Toa

FREE 10am, 11.30am and 2.30pm, Pātaka Art Museum

An opportunity to learn from our Iwi Hosts about the stories and taonga of Whiti Te Rā! – the iconic exhibition of Ngāti Toa with 30-minute tours. Event details

BOOK: 04 237 3849, visit Pātaka reception, or walk-in on the day.


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Saturday 25 June

Let’s Whatu-Maurioho Weavers workshop

FREE 11.00am – 2.00pm, Pātaka Art Museum

Join us at in the Spine at Pataka for Raranga demonstrations between 11:00 am-2:00 pm. There will also be completed weaving crafts for sale. Event details


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Saturday 25 June

Russell Harrison & The Brown Brothers

TICKETS: $20 per person, Saturday 25 June, 6pm – 8pm

Join us as we celebrate the Māori New Year inside under the stars at Te Rauparaha Arena. Event details

BOOK - Russell Harrison & The Brown Brothers

*Booking fees may apply


Matariki 2022

Sunday 26 June

Interactive night sky experience

FREE 10am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 12.15pm, 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm and 3.15pm

Inside under the stars at Te Rauparaha Arena, spectacular starlit setting and interactive displays. No booking required, first-come, first-serve. Event details.


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Sunday 26 June

Kapa Haka Under the Stars

FREE: Sunday 26 June, 4pm

Join Te Kura Māori o Porirua for kapa haka group for performances under the indoor sky at Te Rauparaha Arena. No booking required, first-come, first-serve basis. Event details


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Wednesday 29 June

An evening with KaSeki

TICKETS: $25.00, Wednesday 29 June, 6.30pm

Indoors under the stars at Te Raupahara Arena and listen to the talented KaSeki, a musical trio from Porirua featuring Wayne Laai, Faiva Junior Brown and Nathan Lopa. Event details.

BOOK - An Evening with KaSeki

*Booking fees may apply


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Thursday 30 June

Hāngi Under the Stars and music with OTC

TICKETS. $20 per hāngi, Thursday 30 June, 5pm - 7pm

Join us for a hearty hāngi indoors under the stars at Te Rauphara Arena, with music from OTC. Event details.

BOOK - Hāngi Under the Stars and music with OTC

*Booking fees may apply


Matariki 2022

Saturday 2 July

Interactive night sky experience

FREE Sunday 3 July, 10am, 10.45am, 11.30am

Inside under the stars at Te Rauparaha Arena, with a spectacular starlit setting and interactive displays. No booking required, first-come, first-serve basis. Event details


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Saturday 2 July

Banquet under the stars with Maisey Rika

TICKETS $80 per person, Saturday 2 July, 6.30pm

Enjoy a three-course banquet dinner while listening to award-winning Māori soul/acoustic artist, Maisey Rika. Indoors under the magnificent Matariki night sky. Event details

BOOK: Banquet under the stars with Maisey Rika

*Booking fees may apply

Download Banquet Menu


Matariki 2022

Sunday 3 July

Interactive night sky experience

FREE Sunday 3 July, 10am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 12.15pm, 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm and 3.15pm

Inside under the stars at Te Rauparaha Arena, with a spectacular starlit setting and interactive displays. No booking required, first-come, first-serve basis. Event details


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Sunday 3 July

Barbershop under the stars

Sunday 3 July, 6.00pm, $10 per person

Join us indoors under the stars for music with a variety of performances and music by Wellington barbershop groups. Event details


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