Matariki is the Maori New Year and is represented by a cluster of stars. It rises mid-winter each year and celebrations occur throughout Aotearoa.

Creative Northland proudly supports Matraiki projects in the Northland region. This year, we present you our ‘Northland Matariki Events Guide,’ your go-to guide for all Matariki events around Te Tai Tokerau.


With 2022 being the first official Matariki public holiday in Aotearoa, there are a multitude of events celebrating this special time of the year. If you’re travelling around Northland, make sure to download our Guide and head along to some of these wonderful events. 

Karanga Matariki – 2019

This Matariki season (2019), Creative Northland and Te Puni Kokiri partnered to deliver the inaugural ‘Karanga Matariki’ funding to creative projects happening across Northland. This year focused on projects/exhibitions/festivals/shows outside the Whangarei area and so priority support was given to those from the Far North, mid – North and Kaipara. Projects included Exhibitions, Murals, Lights displays and workshops, interactive workshops for tamariki and whanau, school dance performances, Matariki Festivals and harakeke wananga. While not the sole funder for some of these projects, many of which were already created, we are confident that the ‘Karanga Matariki’ funding made a positive difference to each event. We look forward to partnering with Te Puni Kokiri again for this funding and other planned projects.

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