Matariki is coming up, which is a time for celebrations, reflection and looking forward.

For people who aren’t sure about what to do for Matariki this year, Re: News has put together a list of events happening across Aotearoa. 

Things to watch

National broadcast of Matariki Hautapu

This event takes place on Friday from 6am to 11am online at

Tune in for full coverage of the Matariki festivities, a traditional hautapu ceremony from Ngongotahā on Lake Rotorua. 

Watch on TVNZ 1, TVNZ+, Three, Prime, Whakaata Māori, Pasifika TV, Radio New Zealand and Stuff.

Purapura Whetū - Stars of Matariki 

TVNZ and TikTok are bringing you a live concert featuring all of your favourite New Zealand artists. 

Coming to viewers from different locations across Aotearoa - there will be live performances and kōrerō with artists Stan Walker, Muroki, Jordyn with a Why, Paige, Seth Haapu and Makayla Purcell-Mainini. 

Watch the livestream on TVNZ+ or TVNZ’s TikTok @tvnz.official from 8pm on Friday.

Hongi to Hāngī and Everything in Between...this time it’s Matariki 

Presenter Tāmati Rimene-Sproat shows how people in Aotearoa can make Matariki a special time for their whānau. 

Watch on TVNZ 1 at 7pm on Friday. 

What to see

Troy Kingi and the Philharmonia Orchestra in Auckland

Troy Kingi (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Whānau a Apanui) will be performing with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at the Auckland Town Hall. 

Tickets range from $19 to $89.  

The concert is on Thursday, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. 

Activities to get involved in

Whāngai i te Hautapu! Arise Matariki in Ōhope

The ceremony will occur on the first day of the Tangaroa moon with he umu kohukohu whetu - a steamy star oven. 

The event will start with a karakia, kōrero, waiata and kai. There will be local speakers to run you through the event. 

This event is on Wednesday from 5.30am at the Whakatāne Surf Lifesaving Club at 7 Mair St. 

Horse riding and crafting your own star in Ōtaki 

The Star Glaze event includes artwork and horse riding.

This event asks for koha donations and takes place on Thursday, from 10am at the Ōtaki Racecourse.

Guided stargazing in Ōamaru 

Observe Matariki in the early morning sky, reflect on the past and look forward to the future on Thursday, from 6am at Mākotukutuku - Cape Wanbrow Lookout Point.

Storytelling around the fire in Napier

At this event, you'll gather around seven fires at the beach as a storyteller shares stories. 

You'll be able to write a message of remembrance, reflection and gratitude on a lantern and release the lantern into the Manga Pacific 50 metre-long fountain.

This event takes place on Thursday from 5.30pm to 9pm at Beach Reserve, 546 Marine Parade South.

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