Next date: Saturday, 15 July 2023 | 03:00 PM
to 08:00 PM
Nau mai haere mai!
Discover the Nine Stars and come together for Matariki Puanga
A free family event for the whole whanau on Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt, and surrounds. Stars, fire, music, art, food and play all under the night sky and the stars of Matariki and Puanga.
He rā konohete mā te whānau katoa ki te takiwā o Fergusson Drive. Ka pīata ngā whetū, ka tirama te ahi, ka rere a waiata, ka neke a toi, ka ngāhau te tāone, ki raro i ngā whetū o Puanga Matariki
Why are we celebrating Matariki and Puanga?
Some iwi struggle to see Matariki clearly from their locality and therefore look to the next important star near Matariki. That star is Puanga.
Puanga is the star Rigel and is the brightest star in the Orion constellation.
Both Matariki and Puanga are associated with Māori New year. For some Iwi who are able to view both, Puanga arrives first to farewell the year gone, followed by Matariki to welcome the new year.
Nā te aha mātou i whakanui ai a Matariki rāua ko Puanga?
E kore e kitea e ētahi iwi te kāhui whetū o Matariki I ō rātou rohe. Ko tā rātou he aro atu ki te whetū Puanga.
Ko Puanga te whetū e kī a nei ko Rigel. Koia ko te whetū pīata o Te Kakau a Māui.
E hāngai ana a Puanga me Matariki ki te tau hou o te Māori. Mā ētahi iwi, e tohu ana a puanga ki te mutunga o te tau, ā, ko Matariki e tohu ana ki te tau hou e haeremai ana
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Order a delicious Hangi to enjoy at Upper Hutt Matariki Puanga on Saturday 15 July 2023.
Hangi includes pork chop, chicken drumstick, potato, kumara, pumpkin, cabbage, stuffing.
Pickup on Saturday 15 July from 5.00pm- 6:30pm, outside Whirinaki Whare Taonga (836 Fergusson Drive), inside the Centre if raining.
Ticket required on pick up. Booking fee has been waived. Order online
Please pre-order by the 1st July 2023
Saturday, 15 July 2023 | 03:00 PM
- 08:00 PM
836 Fergusson Drive, View Map
836 Fergusson Drive ,