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. It’s a time to remember, reflect and wānanga for the upcoming year. To acknowledge Matariki we have some awesome kaupapa and resources for the whole whānau to enjoy. Click here to register your interest. 

Maramataka Insights Workshops

In these workshops you will learn about how you can implement maramataka (the māori lunar calendar) in your daily life.There will be guest speakers and whānau will be given resources on the day to help them on their maramataka journey.
FRIDAY 24 | 12PM-4PM &

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Hono mai ki tēnei whānau whārangi o He Uri Nō Rongomai: Te Maramataka me ngā Whetū

This is a Facebook community for whānau interested in growing our maramataka for Ngāti Whātua and harnessing ancestral knowledge and practices to monitor the impacts on and changes in our taiao.

WHĀTUA - through the lens

As we enter a time of new beginnings with Matariki, there’s no better time to reflect on the year that was.

Introducing WHĀTUA – through the lens. A series of whānau centric videos, capturing the positive mahi that is being done within our community, unearthing the many achievements of our whānau and showcasing the individual hauora journeys, from tamariki to kaumātua.

The dream of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is to see our whānau thriving phsyically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. Whātua – through the lens shows these aspirations in action.

Check out the series below.


Rongoā Wānanga

Come along to the Rongoā Wānanga at Ōrākei Marae to learn about rongoā (traditional Māori medicine). Connect and learn about the rongoā rākau that we have growing in our backyard on our Whenua Rangatira! Registrations have closed as the wānanga has reached full capacity.

Registrations Closed

Matariki at Te Tōangaroa

Join us Wednesday 11 July, 11am-2pm at Mahuhu Reserve. We’re hosting a Matariki festival with kai, waiata, weaving and more – entrance is FREE. Nau mai e te tī, e te tā, ki ‘Matariki ki Te Tōangaroa’

Click here for more details



Watch Matariki rise on the Whenua Rangatira! 

We’re teaming up with Auckland Council to host a star gazing event at Takaparawhau / Michael Savage Memorial Park. On Wednesday 15 July from 6am – 7.30am the Auckland Astronomical Society will be there with telescopes and binoculars to help you see the Matariki star cluster. This is a free public event. Limited parking available at Michael Savage Memorial Park.


Tiro Whakamuri

Looking back on our Matariki Celebrations.

He Kahu Tauwhiro

Korihi te manu, takiri mai te ata. Ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea tihei mauriora.

On the 20th of June 2020 we came together to stand as one to acknowledge the effects of Methamphetamine in our country. Under the kaupapa He Kahu Tauwhiro, a new pou gifted by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei carver Arekatera Maihi was unveiled to remind us that we have a duty of care to our community, to provide support for our whānau and let them know that we stand with them not against them in their individual battles. E kore e oti tēnei whawhai nui. Kia kaha tātou katoa

Matariki | Puanga ki Ōrākei Marae 2019

Pīata mai rā Matariki e! Ngā mihi aroha to the whānau who joined us in our 2019 Matariki | Puanga celebrations.  Here’s a sneak peek of what we got up too.

Matariki | Puanga ki Orākei Marae 2019- highlights!

Pīata mai rā Matariki e!Ngā mihi aroha to the whānau who joined us in our Matariki | Puanga celebrations 💛 Here's a sneak peek of what we got up too ✨Watch to the end 😌http://bit.ly/2K8jcaU

Posted by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei – Whai Maia on Tuesday, July 2, 2019