Matariki 2018

We have a wide variety of Matariki events and exhibitions in June 2018.

Matariki exhibitions and events

Te Korekore - the Story of Tinirau and Kae

Matariki 2018 - Te Korekore


Main Gallery, Pātaka , 24 June, 2 pm, entry by Koha

Puoro Taiwhanga Aotearoa (CMNZ) present a Matariki-inspired tour that showcase elements of chamber music, Māori music and storytelling, performed in unique settings outside of the traditional music performance space. 

This is a family-friendly, cross-cultural event for people of all ages to enjoy the music and storytelling that has shaped Aotearoa.

Te Korekore is a one-hour, multi-disciplinary and multi-genre performance work that weaves a narrative of the traditional story of Tinirau and Kae with video art, story-telling, contemporary NZ chamber music, jazz-based composition and ngā  taonga puoro.

The theme of Te Korekore is from Rev. Māori Marsden’s understanding of the creation story and explores the realm of not – nothingness. The place of potential being and where creation gestates. The place between nothing and something. Between being and non-being. The story of Tinirau and Kae is found in many parts of Aotearoa and is associated with Te Whare Tapere, the place where traditional Māori entertainment would occur, especially during the Matariki season.

Visit the Pātaka website for more information.

Dragons & Taniwha - Owen Mapp

Exhibition open at Pātaka 

A major retrospective exhibition by Owen Mapp, who has been carving bone in Aotearoa New Zealand for 50 years.

Visit the Pātaka website for more information. 

Whiti Te Rā – The Story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira comes home

Exhibition open at Pātaka 

Featuring unique taonga, the exhibition explores the successes, dramatic setbacks, and extraordinary resurgence of Ngāti Toa Rangatira, starting from Te Heke Mai Raro (the Southern Migration) 200 years ago when Te Rauparaha lead the iwi to the Wellington region.

Visit the Pātaka website for more information.

Puiaki - Carved knowledge

Exhibition open at Pātaka 

Waka huia are carved wooden treasure boxes shaped like a waka. Highly prized by Māori, they were used to store huia feathers and other tapu adornments worn by high-born people. During the late 19th and early 20th Centuries many waka huia were taken from New Zealand and traded or sold on the European ‘Curios and Collectables’ market. This exhibition showcases waka huia purchased and traded in England and tell the story of their eventual return to New Zealand.

Visit the Pātaka website for more information.

Porirua Night Market

Thursday 28 June, 5-8.30 pm, Cobham Court

We're celebrating Matariki at this month's Porirua Night Market.

Cobham Court will be a buzz with the different things happening:

- Māori arts and craft, which includes artwork and live weaving
- Feel like hāngi for dinner? We have you covered.
- Local businesses Be + Humble and Minimi Collection will be there with their wares
- Kids can get their face painted with a traditional moko
- DJ Vinnie will be providing the live entertainment
- Your favourite food truck's from the Wellington Food Truck Collective will be there
- We'll also keep you warm while you eat dinner with our toasty fire pit.

Plus more!

Matariki story

Friday 29 June, 4-9 pm, Harbour's Edge Storytelling, Hangi

Where: Wharewaka on Wi Neera Drive to Harbour’s Edge Pop-Up

Bring the whānau and come join us at the Harbour's Edge Pop Up for an evening of storytelling by the fire.

Grab your picnic blankets and gather around the fire to listen to the Matariki story as told by Ngāti Toa.

There'll also be a Kapa Haka performance and music provided by DJ Vinnie.

For dinner you have the choice of buying hāngi, American style barbecue from Grilla BBQ or a warm drink from Get Fixed Bicycle Cafe

We also have dessert covered with our smores station.

Miromoda 2018

Saturday 30 June, Fashion show, Pātaka 6.30-9 pm, ticketed event, general admission (non-seated) - $15

Matariki 2018 - Miromoda

We’re excited to be hosting this fantastic city centre show for another year at Pātaka Art + Museum. This year’s event showcases collections from eight of New Zealand's most talented Māori fashion designers. These designers are selected from the nationwide Miromoda competition, and the winner will be announced after the Miromoda Runway Show.

Miromoda competition and model call provides a great pathway for the youth of Porirua to build confidence and showcase their creative talents through modelling and fashion design. These initiatives provide fantastic opportunities for students at high school, tertiary and post-graduate levels. The Miromoda Runway Show exhibits the best of modern Māori fashion design and is committed to nurturing the development of the fashion industry’s Māori designers. 

It will be an amazing night of fashion and seats to the show are limited. Purchase your tickets now, so you don’t miss out.

For event details and tickets, go to Eventfinda.