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Matariki - Expired

Ruapehu | 01 Jun - 30 Jun 22

Come together and join tangata whenua in celebrating Matariki in Ruapehu.

Matariki is an important time to be still, connect, and reflect. It is a time to remember those who have recently passed, give thanks for the present and plan for the future. Matariki signals the Māori New Year:

Ka puta Matariki, ka rere a Whānui.

Ko te tohu tena o te tau e.


Matariki re-appears, Whānui starts its flight.

Being the sign of the new year!

Whānui, also known as Vega, is the fifth brightest star in the sky, and the marker of the Polynesian new year in ancient times.

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Here's what's happening in Ruapehu this Matariki:

12th June Puanga Wānanga

13th June Maunga Karakia

15th June Ruapehu Puanga Whānau Expo, Raetihi Marae.

23rd June Ruapehu Matariki Whānau Expo, Taumarunui War Memorial Hall.