Matariki is a time brimming with festivities, fresh beginnings, and the promise of a new chapter. The turning of the moon, known as Maramataka, heralds the Maori new year celebrations, which this year is set to captivate audiences with a modern fusion of cultural expression and the deep-rooted traditions of Matariki.
On the 10th of June, the Matariki rising period will commence, unveiling the majestic sight of Te Kāhui o Matariki, the nine stars that form the Matariki cluster. Coincidentally falling on a Friday, the 14th of July will be a day for all to revel in the splendor of Matariki. And what better way to honor this occasion than by indulging in the upcoming festivities presented by Eat Drink Play, offering a true Wellingtonian experience.
To add to the excitement, this year’s Matariki celebration holds an extra special significance as it marks the second year of its official recognition as a public holiday.
Here are some of the ways Update Wellington plans to spend their Matariki weekend, merging traditional Matariki customs with contemporary culinary delights and captivating events:
Connect and reflect with loved ones this Matariki over a Matariki Sunrise cocktail @ Kuikui Lane. Available from July 1st to 16th, their gold-flaked, vanilla vodka, and cold brew coffee cocktail is sure to be a shining success.
Experience the Matariki Murder Mystery night @ Cambridge Hotel. Held on the 7th of July at 6:30 pm, this ticketed event offers an inclusive four-course, Matariki-inspired meal and cocktail pairing!
Test your knowledge of the Maori New Year @ Tbay Cafe’s Matariki Quiz Night. Gather a team on the 14th of July at 7 pm and enjoy a meal while celebrating the New Year and its deep-rooted history.
Plan for the year ahead @ Southern Cross with their Starry Night dish. Representing the Matariki cluster and our connection to the stars, this dish promises slow-cooked lamb, charcoal crumb, and truffle jus, providing a delicious way to start the new year.
Savor the flavors of Matariki @ Whistling Sisters’ Matariki Racks and Snacks. Enjoy four delicious morsels inspired by the Matariki stars, paired with Whistling Sisters’ own beers. Head into the brewery from July 1st – 16th and enjoy the flavours of our Whenua.
Within the realm of Matariki celebrations, a framework of five essential elements comes to life, inviting all to engage in a profound experience of cultural connection and personal growth. These elements—Hono (Connect), Whakaaroaro (Reflect), Whakamana (Celebrate), Whakarite (Plan), and Whakaū (Act)—serve as guiding principles throughout the festivities, emphasizing the significance of honoring tradition while embracing contemporary expressions.
May this celebration be a catalyst for profound connections, personal reflections, empowering celebrations, strategic planning, and purposeful action. Embrace the magic of Matariki, celebrate through the lens of Eat Drink Play, and embark on a journey that intertwines tradition with the vibrancy of contemporary life.