top of page
nth island_edited.png
kite - wairarapa_edited.png

Wairarapa

MATARIKI HUNGA NUI WAIRARAPA
MANY PEOPLE GATHER FOR MATARIKI 
Masterton Friday 28th & Saturday 29th July

Mānawa mai a te putanga o Matariki.

Mānawa mai a te ariki o te rangi.

Mānawa mai a te mātahi o te tau

Hail the rise of Matariki

Hail the lord of the sky

Hail the New Year

 

Matariki is the Māori tradition that marks the rising of the star cluster Matariki Pleiades. Matariki signals the start of the Māori new year and is a time of commemorating the passing of loved ones, making plans for the upcoming year, feastings, celebrating and giving thanks for the harvest.

Tīrama Matariki Light Glow.jpg

TĪRAMA MATARIKI LIGHT GLOW

Wairarapa Celebrates Matariki

Friday 28 & Saturday 29 July

Time: 6.00pm to 9.00pm

Where: Waipoua Island, Lake of Remembrance, QE 11 Park, Dixon Street, Masterton. Free entry. Everyone welcome.

Fifth annual festival of light to celebrate Matariki in Wairarapa.

Masterton will host light displays depicting Ngāti Kahungunu stories about the stars as part of the region’s annual light festival to celebrate Matariki. Waipoua Island on Remembrance Lake will be transformed and trees lit up as part of the festival to celebrate the Màori new year.

The festival is named Tīrama which means to bring light or illuminate. The popular kiddies park will be lit up for two nights.

Visitors cross the bridge and enter under Ngā Whetu o Matariki Waharoa – star gateway that leads to the light displays, some interactive and playful as you learn about Matariki.

Ride the Matariki express train run by the Masterton Minature Railway volunteers. Gold coin rides. Best times to visit are early or late to avoid long waits.

Dress warm in layered clothing with comfortable runners.

ECCT-Logo-Primary-White-2.png
bottom of page