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Wednesday, 26 June 2019 - 7.00pm
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Events / Matariki Festival

Matariki Festival Whangarei is a series of cultural events held throughout June and July in the Whangarei District, for our community and visitors to the district, to celebrate Matariki.

Events include:

  • exhibitions,
  • craft days,
  • cultural performances,
  • star gazing,
  • plantings,
  • educational events,
  • recreational events,
  • festivals,
  • dance and
  • workshops.

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Matariki at Hihiaua - 22 June 2019

Matariki at Hihiaua will be held on 22 June 2019 from 10:00am - 3:00pm. 

Previously called the Matariki Whanau Festival, the event has been moved from last year’s Town Basin location due to construction currently being undertaken in the area.

This free whanau festival will now take place at the Hihiaua Peninsula. 

The move of Whangarei's largest Matariki event coincides with the opening of stage 1 of the Hihiaua Cultural Centre, a world class centre of excellence to preserve, create, display and promote Maori arts and culture.

These significant community events combined will create an atmosphere of excitement and celebration.

The 2019 event will feature a full programme of entertainment on the main stage, with guest performers as well as kapa haka, kai, Matariki market stalls and other fun activities located in and around the Hihiaua Cultural Centre. 

Vendors and visitors will also occupy surrounding streets and the area towards the Waka and Wave sculpture.

As a highlight, Hihiaua Cultural Centre will host their Inaugural Art Exhibition featuring up to 50 prominent Ngāpuhi and other Māori artists exhibiting some of the finest examples of raranga, whakairo, painting, and mixed media.

The exhibition will be held in the Centre’s new gallery and exhibition space and will be open to the public from Saturday 22 June.

Interaction with and between artists and practitioners will also be a key feature of the Cultural Centre opening with weaving and carving demonstrations, mural painting, live music and other exciting activities in the innovative new spaces. 

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