Matariki Tauranga Moana

Celebrate Matariki with us as we acknowledge the past, present and future through pūrakau (storytelling), ngā mahi a rehia (entertainment), mahi toi (crafts), manu tukutuku (kites), kai (food), whakakitenga (exhibitions), kauhau (lectures), ngā mahi hangaia mōu koha (make-and-take activities) and much more...

The last traditional Matariki festival was recorded in the 1940s. Matariki was revived in Tauranga in c.1992 at a small school in Welcome Bay called Otepou with an early morning trek up the Kōpukairoa Ranges. Tauranga Libraries joined the Matariki renaissance in 2005, offering workshops to the community. The yearly winter festival grew in size as the library's Māori Events Team worked to establish Matariki as a cultural and social event for the Tauranga community.

The Tauranga Moana Matariki Advisory Committee (TMMAC) now organises and manages Matariki Tauranga Moana. Established in 2017, TMMAC comprises Tauranga City Council departments such as City Libraries, City Events, Baycourt, Communications and the Takawaenga Unit, and external partners Ngāi Te Rangi, Te Puna i Rangiriri Trust, The Incubator, Department of Conservation, Tauranga Art Gallery, Creative BoP, Employ NZ, the Western Bay of Plenty District Council and any other contributing parties to the Matariki Tauranga Moana Festival. #matariki2018 #matarikitaurangamoana #matarikiaotearoa

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