Matariki 2022

13 June - 03 July 2022

Matariki, a cluster of stars that rises in midwinter and heralds the start of the Māori new year, holds special significance for Whitireia and WelTec.

This year, Whitireia and WelTec embrace the rising of Matariki to formally acknowledge our transition to Te Pūkenga. Matariki is a time for us to honour our past, recognise our shared mahi in the present, and value our existing relationships. 

Matariki not only calls us to remember where we've come from, it is also a time of celebration and planning for the future. Over the coming weeks, there are opportunities for us to learn more about Matariki, to gather together over kai, participate in some great activities, and turn our thinking towards the future. 

Find out what's happening in Pipiri (June)

Monday 13 Pipiri (June)

Porirua Campus | Learning Street Wikitoria Katene Building


Making Poi 

Learn how to make poi and its cultural significance, from our Bachelor of Nursing Māori ākonga

Tuesday 21 Pipiri (June) 

Porirua campus |


Ako Ake


Matariki reflections

Come enjoy a cup of tea, some rēwena bread, and reflect on the last year. A whiteboard will be on display encouraging people to reflect and share what motivates them.


Tuesday 21 Pipiri (June) 

Petone campus |


The Hub


Matariki kai


Wednesday 22 Pipiri (June) 

Petone campus 



Matariki workshops

Get involved by making a poi, star making, and rakau. 


Wednesday 22 Pipiri (June)

Porirua campus


Whakairo workshop (C105-7)


Whakairo demonstration

Come along to our whakairo (carving) demonstration and learn how it's done, as well as its importance. 


Wednesday 22 Pipiri (June) 

Porirua campus


The Fale (next to C120)


Raranga demonstration

Raranga is a Māori weaving style used for food baskets, bags and other small objects. Come check out how it's done.  

Thursday 23 Pipiri (June)

Porirua campus |

Learning Street




Join us for some kai and boil up, raranga demonstration and a Matariki performance by our Performing Arts students

Thursday 23 Pipiri (June) 



Whakanuia Te Kāhui o Matariki

Brought to you by Te Pūkenga, this webinar will talk about te ao Māori, the mātauranga associated with Matariki, and the maramataka (Māori lunar calendar). 

Connect with Matariki events in your community!

Finding Matariki

Viewing Matariki is easiest to find in the morning. Find out how to find it here.


The stars of Matariki


The Story of Matariki

Learn about the story of Matariki and what it means to Aotearoa.

Watch the Matariki webseries

Watch the 7 mini-episodes of Living by Stars, presented by Rangi Matamua. 

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