Matariki in Porirua

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

According to Māori astronomer Rangi Matāmua’s maramataka (lunar calendar) Matariki will rise in the east in late July and we’ll celebrate in Porirua from 12 to 19 July. We invite you to join us “Inside Under The Stars” at Te Rauparaha Arena where there’ll be fun for the whole whānau with movies, delicious kai, a family sing-along, wearable arts competitions and more. 

#MatarikiPorirua

👉🏽 For more information about Matariki download the information sheet.

Inside under the stars at Te Rauparaha Arena

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


Matariki Festival

12th - 19th July 2020
Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua


Event Schedule

Community Singalong

FREE: Sunday 12 July 2020, 6.00pm - 8.00pm 

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


Matariki Space

Open to the Community to experience the space

FREE: 13, 15 & 17 July at 10.00am, 11.00am and 1.00pm

Experience the space and listen to hear stories about the nine Matariki Stars star voiced by well-known kiwis. 👉🏽 See event details


Movie: Boy

FREE: Monday 13 July, 6.00pm (88 minutes)

Free movie night for the whole family – Kiwi classic Boy on our big screen! 👉🏽 See event details


Arena Fitness Group Fit: Hula Active (Afternoon)

FREE: Tuesday 14 July, 12.15 - 12.45pm

Get your groove back this Matariki, join us for a free Arena Hula Active class. 👉🏽 See event details


Hula Fit, Matariki

Arena Fitness Group Fit: Hula Active (Evening)

FREE: Tuesday 14 July, 6.00pm - 6.45pm

Get your heart pumping and let's dance, join us for a free Arena Hula Active class. 👉🏽 See event details


Matariki Body Balance

Arena Fitness Group Fit: Body Balance (Evening)

FREE: Tuesday 14 July, 7.00pm - 7.45pm

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


Movie: Pork Pie

FREE: Wednesday 15 July, 6.00pm (101 Minutes)

Bring popcorn! Free movie night for the whole family - kiwi comedy Pork Pie 👉🏽 See event details


KaSeki band for Matariki

Matariki Concert with KaSeki

FREE: Thursday 16 July, 6.30pm  - 8.00pm

Join us indoors under the stars with the talented Porirua band KaSeki. 👉🏽 See event details


Hāngi Under the Stars

TICKETS: Friday 17 July, 6.30pm  - 9.00pm

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


Banquet Under the Stars with Hollie Smith

TICKETS: Saturday 18 July, 6.30pm  - 9.00pm

Get your tickets to party in style with a Matariki inspired 3-course banquet 👉🏽 See event details


Movie: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

FREE: Sunday 19 July, 5.00pm (101 Minutes)

Our last free family movie night, don't miss Hunt for the Wilderpeople @5pm! 👉🏽 See 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