Matariki Puanga 2019

Matariki is a cluster of nine stars rising in the Southern Skies during winter which for most signals the beginning of the Māori New Year. In some regions like the north and the west coast Matariki isn’t as visible and Puanga is the star that heralds in the new year.

The first new moon in the month of Pipiri (June-July) is the period when stars like Puanga, and Matariki are rising. It’s a time to remember, reflect and wānanga for the upcoming year. To acknowledge Puanga & Matariki, we have some special Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei events planned. Check them out below.

Kōrero with Matua Rereata Mākiha | Thursday 6th June 2019, 10 am – 11 am | Ōrākei Marae Wharekai ki raro.

Matua Rereata Mākiha is a renowned Māori astrologer as a member of SMART (Society of Māori Astronomy, Research Traditions) and tohunga in the Maramataka (Māori lunar calendar). Raised in the Hokianga and brought up in the whare wānanga, he has generously given much of his time to sharing this mātauranga and revitalising pathways for Māori to practice ancient traditions.  

He will be sharing an introduction to insights into Puanga, Maramataka and what the Māori new year can mean for us. Register your interest in the form below.

Maramataka (Māori lunar calendar) workshops| Thursday 13th June 2019 & Thursday 20th June, 6 pm – 8 pm | Te Pou Whakairo (Ōrākei Marae Admin)

Join us for our Maramataka workshops at Ōrākei Marae that will give insights into ways of living by the moon and its relevance today.

Thursday 13th June 2019 - Introduction to Maramataka

Thursday 20th June - Implementing Maramataka into Daily Living

 Register your interest in the form below.

Matariki Karakia & Wā Whakamaumahara| Thursday 27th June 2019, 6 am – 7.30am | Te Pou Whakairo (Ōrākei Marae Admin)

Karakia and wā whakamaumahara to remember those that have passed and to celebrate our new year together.

Register your interest in the form below. 


 We also have a whānau Matariki Planting Day this Sunday, 30th June 2019.

Ki hea: Pourewa Reserve, Kepa Road Orākei
Te wā: 9am to 12pm
There will be a hangi after the mahi at the Okahu Bay Bowling Club at 1pm.

Please dress for weather conditions and bring along your own gloves and spade if able.

If you have any questions please contact


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