Live Matariki updates: ‘This is when we came of age’ – Sir Pou Temara

Today’s Matariki celebrations signal the maturing of Aotearoa, the Māori leader says. We have the latest on how Matariki is being marked around the motu.

A ceremony attended by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and other dignitaries has been held in Wellington for the first national public holiday in Aotearoa for Matariki.

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

“Today is a moment in time. This is a moment that future generations will look upon and say this is when we came of age,” Sir Pou said.

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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