Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. The cluster rises in mid-winter and heralds the start of a new year. The stars represent a time of seasonal change, the opportunity to reflect over the passing year, prepare ground for new growth and is a time for the community to celebrate.

For the first time the Arts Centre is holding Matariki Night Markets on 6 and 7 July.

The Matariki Night Markets will include:

  • Kapa Haka performances and NZ music from singer songwriters.
  • Traditional kai and New Zealand favourites such as fish and chips and pavlova.
  • Art, crafts, jewellery all with a New Zealand feel/twist.

Keep an eye out for our festival guide with Te Reo kupu and phrases.