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Maanawatia a Matariki

The appearance of Matariki in the skies signals the beginning of the Maaori New Year.

It's a special time as we remember the past and look to the future.

We are celebrating with events across our sites. Check out details below...

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Waikato Museum

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Hamilton Gardens

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Matariki Ki Waikato

The regions Matariki celebrations are led by Matariki ki Waikato. 
Visit Matariki ki Waikato for a full list of all the Matariki Festival events and activities.

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Sunday 9 July: Manu Tukutuku - Kite Day

The Friends of Hamilton Gardens host a FREE Kite Day for children to encourage families and the community to connect.

This community event has been held under the Matariki Ki Waikato Winter Festival korowai since 2017.

Every year the event grows and the Hamilton Garden’s Turtle Lake fills with children and colourful kites. 


This event creates an opportunity to promote the revitalization of Maaori cultural traditions in the Hamilton Gardens and encourages families (whaanau) to share lessons in manu tukutuku (kite making). The activities provide many opportunities to discuss the significance of Matariki, Manu tukutuku and the Maaori New Year.

July 9 - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Saturday 15 July - Hamilton Lake Domain

Nau mai, haere mai.. a special evening to celebrate the rising of the star cluster Matariki. 

A family-friendly event starting at 4pm featuring; live music, entertainment, delicious food, markets and more!

Hamilton City Council in partnership with Matariki ki Waikato, Te Waananga o Aotearoa and ACLX.

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It's school holiday time!

Check out what's on these school holidays...

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Find Your Fun will return in October 2023

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