Live – A ceremony in the capital kicks off the Matariki celebrations


A ceremony was held in Wellington for the first national holiday in Aotearoa for Matariki. We have the latest news on how it is celebrated around the motu.

On a quiet morning from Wellington to Te Papa, the hautapu ceremony was led by Sir Pou Temara and a fan of tohunga.

The cluster of nine stars rose in Wellington a few minutes ago, just before dawn and the rise of the maramataka new year.

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It was closed by tohunga from Wellington mana whenua Te Atiawa, Kura Moeahu.

You can look Celebrate Matariki – Mānawatia a Matariki 2022 hosted by Stacey Morrison and Mātai Smith for live coverage of the festivities here.

Matariki is the start of the Matariki Maori New Year – a time of celebration, remembrance, growth and renewal and events to recognize this have been held across the country.

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RNZ marks Matariki with special programming throughout the day with highlights including a live broadcast of Te Papa celebrations hosted by Julian Wilcox and Māni Dunlop and an interview with renowned Maori astronomer Professor Rangi Mātāmua.



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