• Matariki Melbourne 2014

    Kia Ora. Wominjeka. Welcome.

    MaraeMelbourne is proud to be hosting the Matariki Festival for 2014 in Melbourne. We are excited to deliver two fantastic events over the Matariki Festival. A Gala Dinner & Entertainment Evening on Saturday 5th July and Family Day on Sunday 6th July.  

About Matariki

The rising of the star constellation known as Matariki is an important time in the Māori calendar. It heralds in the Māori New Year, which is a time to connect with, and give thanks to the land, sea and sky.

It is also a time for the community to come together and acknowledge the year gone by, as well as to celebrate and prepare for the year ahead. This involves the sharing of kai (food), rituals, entertainment, hospitality and knowledge.

Historically, the star cluster was a navigational aid for Māori and an indicator of the coming seasons. If the stars were clear, it was a sign that the year ahead would be warm and productive. If they were hazy and closely bunched together, then a cold year would be in store.

Popular before the arrival of Europeans in New Zealand, Matariki celebrations continued into the 1900s before gradually dwindling with the last traditional festivals recorded in the 1940s.

Māori legend and Matariki

According to tradition, Matariki has two meanings – ‘Mata riki’ – tiny eyes, and it is also sometimes called ‘Mata ariki’ – the eyes of god.

Māori legend tells of a time when Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, the earth mother, were forcibly separated by their children.

The god of the winds, Tāwhirimātea, became so angry that he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens, where they have been in existence ever since.

Matariki stars

Matariki is the Māori name for the Pleiades, a star cluster in the constellation Taurus.

Pleiades, the Greek name for the cluster, comes from seven sisters of Greek legend, the daughters of Atlas and Pleone. This is reminiscent of the Māori and Pacific stories that say Matariki is a mother surrounded by her six daughters.

The galactic cluster is internationally recognised as it can be viewed from anywhere in the world, acting as a key navigation beacon for ocean voyagers as well as an important signal for seasonal celebration in many countries.

In Greece, several major temples face straight towards Matariki, as does Stonehenge in England. In Japan, the Subaru brand is named after the Matariki stars.


Shining Stars Auction

Take part in our Auction at the Gala Dinner for your chance to bid on some fantastic prizes. All funds and proceeds will go towards to development of the Marae. Stay tuned for more information about the Auction.

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Rising Star

Rising Stars Idol

Time for our rangatahi to show their talent in our rising stars idol competition at the family. Some great prizes and awesome judges on board. Ready To Enter. Leave us your details below to enter the competition and we will send you more information.

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Matariki Clip

MATARIKI – written and performed by Te Hamua Nikora & Kimo Winiata, and friends. They prepare a Hangi with Kai Time chef Peter Peeti and Ngarue Ratapu. A waiata to be sung each year to celebrate MATARIKI – marking the New Year of the Maori.

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