Matariki

Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makau Rau (AUT) is proud to support Mānawatia-a-Matariki, the Matariki public holiday.

We acknowledge the Matariki Advisory Group, experts in Te Ao Māori and the mātauranga associated with Matariki and the Maramataka, and advocates who have pushed for its public recognition.

The whakataukī “Matariki Hunga Nui” means that Matariki brings us together, and 24 June is an opportunity for all New Zealanders to share in the knowledge of the stars to guide us.

Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki
Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi
Mānawa maiea te Mātahi o te tau

Celebrate the rising of Matariki
Celebrate the rising of the lord of the sky
Celebrate the rising of the New Year

What is Matariki

Matariki is a significant time in the Māori calendar and is recognised by the reappearance of the Matariki stars in the winter sky. The cluster of stars signifies the start of the Māori New Year and is widely celebrated across Aotearoa.

Matariki is a time to reflect and come together to remember our loved ones who have passed while strengthening our ties to each other, giving thanks for what we have while we look forward to the promise of a new year.

How to find the Matariki cluster of stars

The Matariki cluster of stars can be seen in the winter skies above Aotearoa from early June. It’s best viewed low on the north-east horizon before sunrise – try looking between the hours of 5.30am to 6.30am.

First you need to find the row of three stars of Tautoru (known as Orion's belt or the Pot). Secondly, find Puanga (Rigel) by locating the bright star above Tautoru. Next you can scan left until you find Taumata-Kuku (Aldebraran) the bright orange star. From there you can keep scanning left until you see a cluster of stars. This cluster is known as Matariki.

The 9 whētu (stars) of Matariki

Matariki events for AUT students and staff

All AUT students, staff, whānau and friends of the university are invited to Matariki events across all three campuses as we come together to welcome Matariki.

Use your AUT student or staff login to see all Matariki events at AUT.

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The official logo Te Tohu o Matariki, featuring nine coloured styalised stars.
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The official logo Te Tohu o Matariki, featuring nine coloured styalised stars.
AUT celebrates Matariki 2022
31 May, 2022
This year Aotearoa will have a Matariki public holiday, and AUT has a plethora of events happening around campus over the next month.
Jordan Tane
Opportunity to shine a light on Matariki
25 May, 2022
Communication design student Jordan Tane (Ngāpuhi) has designed nine posters – one for each Matariki star – which will be displayed around AUT campuses.

Podcast: Maramataka with Ayla Hoeta

Mānawatia a Matariki! AUT Māori media alumna Ayla Hoeta shares her knowledge of Maramataka, the Māori lunar and environmental calendar, and how the phases of the marama (moon) influence the environment and people.

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