Live – Ceremony in capital launches Matariki celebrations


A ceremony has been held in Wellington for the first national public holiday in Aotearoa for Matariki. We have the latest on how it is being celebrated around the motu.

On a still Wellington morning at Te Papa, the hautapu ceremony was led by Sir Pou Temara and an array of tohunga.

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

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

You can watch 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 Māori New Year Matariki – a time for celebration, remembrance, growth and renewal and events to acknowledge this have been organised across the country.

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



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