Nelson Whakatū set for Te Huihui o Matariki29/06/2021 1:10am
Nelson’s Matariki Festival returns to Founders Heritage Park on Saturday 3 July this year, for a community celebration featuring live music, food and electric performances as the star cluster Matariki appears in our skies.
The gates open at 3pm where there will be plenty of stalls on site at the Matariki Market selling arts and crafts, along with food and refreshments.
A wide variety of food will be available for purchase, from traditional Māori kai, tastes of the Pacific, to Asian cuisine and Latin American spice with a side of Salsa and Merengue dancing.
This year’s annual Matariki celebrations will also have plenty of entertainment and performances from local Pasifika youth, kapa haka groups, fire poi, a light art projection and more.
A performance by singer and songwriter Sianne Dougherty (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) will also feature and the evening will conclude with a fireworks display at neighbouring Neale Park at 7pm.
Keri Takao (Te Atiawa, Ngāti Rārua, Ngai Tūhoe) Te Reo Māori Teacher at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and Te Ataarangi ki te Tauihu o Te Waka a Māui Inc, will provide a brief presentation at the Matariki Festival about the history of Matariki, the traditions that surround it, and how we celebrate it today.
Head to the Energy Centre at 4:15pm to attend.
We encourage those attending the event to travel on foot, bike, bus or carpool. Please scan the QR code on arrival, and follow COVID-19 protocols, meaning if you are unwell, please stay at home.
There are also several other Matariki events happening in Whakatū Nelson.
Te Huihui o Matariki, Matariki Festival 2021
When: Saturday 3 July: Gates open at 3pm. The event starts at 4pm and will conclude at 8pm.
Where: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson
Cost: Gold coin entry
When: 30 June – 7 July 2021, Dusk onwards
Where: Poorman Valley Stream, Stoke, Nelson
What: The Ōmaio Project is weaving together knowledge and creativity to support and increase community care for the awa (streams). School and community artworks celebrating Matariki and the awa will light up parts of the riparian walkway and bridges from Sanctuary Drive, to Ōmaio/Stoke to Seaview Road.
More info: The Shape Nelson website.
Ngā Whetu o Matariki
When: Thursday 1 July, 5pm
Where: Trafalgar Street, Nelson
What: A kapa haka performance will commence at 1903 Square (corner of Trafalgar Street and Selwyn Place) and a series of glow in the dark art acknowledging Ngā Whetu o Matariki (The stars of Matariki) will be visible to celebrate the Māori New Year.
More info: The Arts Council Nelson website.
Nelson Public Libraries
When: Friday 2 July – Sunday 11 July, see the libraries' website for times.
What: The Elma Turner Library has various activities available for the community to celebrate Matariki. A seed and plant swap, kite and poi making, weaving, Riverside plant walk, along with Hilary and John Mitchell talking about their new book He Ringatoi o Ngā Tupuna: Isaac Coates and his Māori Portraits.
More info: The Nelson Public Libraries website.
When: Friday 2 July, 3.10 – 7pm
Where: Victory Community Centre
What: The Victory Community Centre will hold its annual Matariki celebration for the Toi Toi community. This year will include entertainment, lantern hīkoi and hāngī for $5. Take a lantern, torch and utensils.
More info: The Victory Community Centre website.
Te Wheke o Muturangi
When: Friday 9 July, 10 – 11am
Where: Māra Wheke Park, Ngā Whatu Sports Field, Stoke, Nelson
What: A children’s storyboard and interpretation panel about the iwi pūrakau (legend) of Te Wheke o Muturangi will be unveiled. The interpretation panel and blessing will conclude with light refreshments. If you would like to attend and for catering purposes, please RSVP to email@example.com
Matariki Tree Planting
When: Saturday 11 July, 1 – 3 pm
Where: Sunday Hole, Maitai
This project will commemorate Kākati, the common ancestor of six iwi of Te Tauihu. Kākati is immortalised in the name of the Wharenui (Meeting House) of Whakatū Marae. This Matariki event is part of Project Mahitahi and will involve planting down the river esplanade to commemorate this connection between people and land. If you would like to attend and for catering purposes, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
More info: Nelson City Council’s Facebook page