Celebrate Matariki with a range of activations taking place over a few days at Britomart, including kapa haka, all-day music, food trucks and markets. See what's happening and when below.

What Matariki Means to Me

Image credit Emily Raftery

Hikohiko to Uira: What Matariki Means To Me | Atrium in Takutai, from June 28 

On display on the Atrium in Takutai, What Matariki Means To Me is a photographic exhibition by Ngā Rangatahi Toa, the organisation that uses creative arts programmes to re-engage South Auckland youth with educational and vocational opportunities. The exhibition features photographs by Emily Raftery that detail the development of Ngā Rangatahi Toa’s haka, Hikohiko to Uira, how the rangatahi liken themselves to lightning bolts that dance during storms, and what Matariki means to them.

Kapa Haka

Image credit Joe Hockley

Te Pā Harakeke | Takutai Square, June 24, 10am - 4pm

Celebrate the Matariki public holiday with all-day musical and kapa haka performances, Māori food trucks, and a vibrant market of Māori arts and crafts. See the full programme here. Free entry. 

Te Ara Rama ki Takutai Lightbox installation | Takutai Square, June 21 - July 16  

Check out a series of illuminated lightboxes on display during the Matariki period that will feature photography and artworks relating to Matariki. 

Twin Cultivation

Twin Cultivation | Takutai Square, July 4 - 10 

Twin Cultivation is a new work that brings together ceramic artist Cindy Huang 黄馨贤, designer Micheal McCabe, and creative producer Rosabel Tan. Presented as a miniature garden, this temporary installation invites members of the public to sign up for a ‘harvesting’ session. In each session, two strangers enter the garden together, and are invited to unearth a ceramic vegetable to gift to the other person to take home. This work builds on Cindy’s interest in the relationships that Chinese migrant communities can and could have as tangata tiriti, and seeks to create space for us to collectively consider the histories of the land, the many people we share this city with, and the possible futures we could create. The title, Twin Cultivation, is a nod to the idea of companion planting: the idea that different plants grow stronger together than apart.

Bookings are essential. This is available to view and be a part of on weekdays (July4-8) from 8am to 6pm, and the weekend of July 9-10 from 10am to 4pm. 

Part of Matariki Festival 2022.

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Last updated: 18 May 2021