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

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 it's an opportunity for all New Zealanders to share in the knowledge of the stars to guide us.

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 whetū (stars) of Matariki

Matariki art resource pack

Download this year’s Matariki images, created by AUT visual arts students Tohu Harris and Hope Korewha, or colouring-in sheets created by Te Awanui A Rangi Teresa Clark.

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Damon Salesa at AUT's Matariki awards
Damon Salesa
Art works by AUT students for Matariki
A photo of the night sky showing the stars of Matariki.
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Damon Salesa at AUT's Matariki awards
AUT announces Matariki Award winners
05 Jul, 2024
AUT announces the winners of Ngā Whakamānawa o Matariki, AUT's Matariki Awards, recognising staff excellence across academic and professional disciplines.
Damon Salesa
Vice-Chancellor’s Matariki address
03 Jul, 2024
Acknowledging the waters AUT has traversed in the past year was the focus of a Matrariki address by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Damon Salesa.
Art works by AUT students for Matariki
Three AUT tauira behind Matariki art
25 Jun, 2024
The free Matariki art resource pack for 2024, commissioned by Pou Māori at AUT, was created by three School of Art & Design tauira.
Matariki artworks a koha to all
28 Jun, 2023
AUT’s Te Tari Takawaenga commissions 11 downloadable artworks by Bachelor of Design student Hāriata Mann as a gift to all, celebrating the rise of Matariki
A photo of the night sky showing the stars of Matariki.
Mānawatia a Matariki 2023 at AUT
13 Jun, 2023
The rising of Matariki heralds the start of the Māori new year - and celebrations are planned for across our university.

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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Mahi whai

Whai or string games were traditionally played during the winter months and around the rising of Matariki.

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