Mātai ki te rangi, tērā ko Puanga, ko te tohu mō te tau hou.
As one gazes to the heavens, it is Puanga signalling the New Year.
When Matariki appears low in the eastern sky, people celebrate the Māori New Year. In Taranaki, we look for Puanga which is the bright star that can be seen above the three stars in Orion’s belt.
The beginning of Puanga can be seen in the last few days of May every year and the new year is marked at the sighting of the next new moon which occurs during June. It is a time to wānanga, to honour the ancestors and plant hope for the future.
Aotea Utanganui South Taranaki Museum - Pātea
1 June - 22 June
Draw or Construct your own Puanga whetū
Find your artistic inner creativity and create your own whetū (star) in the museum or take it home to construct. Available during opening hours at Aotea Utanganui South Taranaki Museum - Pātea, Wednesday - Saturday.
Saturday 10 June
249 Mid Parihaka Road, Parihaka
An annual festival celebrating the Māori New Year at Taranaki's iconic home of peace. Activities include karakia, waiata, poi, mahi in the maara (work in the garden) and fun for the kids. Enjoy a bonfire and evening concert of local musicians. Bring gumboots, warm clothes and raincoats especially for tamariki and kaumatua. Bring a torch and garden tools, musical instruments to jam around the fire. The event is family friendly, alcohol and drug free. Shared kai from the maara -feel free to contribute.The organisers encourage carpooling to reduce emissions.
Full details can be found on Parihaka Puanga Kai Rau Festival on Facebook or puanga.weebly.com.
Parihaka Puanga Kairau Festival Programme Saturday 10 June 2023
|6am||Piki te puke Purepo||Parihaka||Safe shoes. Torches up the hill then turn off at top.|
|6.30am||Ohooho a Mahuika||Maara||Safety around fire|
|7.15am||Parakuihi||Kei te Teniti||Free. Bring your own plates, cup, knives, fork, spoon.|
|8am||Mahi maara||Maara||Bring tools, gumboots, gloves|
Tamariki – nga mea mo nga tamariki
- Flag making
- Greatest Race
- Card boarding
- Rock Art
- Bouncy Castles
|Parahuka Marae||All children under the age of five to have a carer.|
|10-11am||Kareoke Kaumatua||Te Niho||Kaumatua can rest at Te Niho.|
|12noon||Kai o te ranui||Kei te Teneti|
|1-4.30pm||Speakers: Te Aoterangi Dillon Walk the talk: Ruakere Hond||Maara||Be mindful the times may change.|
|2-3pm||Kareoke Kaumatua||Te Niho||Rest place for Kaumatua|
|5pm||Kai o te po||Kei te teniti||Free. Wash and dry dishes|
|6pm||Te wa o te po: Whakngahau Entertainment till 9pm||Maara||Bring warm wear, hat, blanket and cup for hot soup/tea|
|9pm||Whakamoe a Mahuika||Maara||Te mutunga o te po|
|Puanga Kai Rau Festival o Parihaka Saturday 8 June 2024|
Puanga Art Exhibition
26 June - 22 July
Lysaght Watt Gallery
Puanga Art Exhibition by Te Paepae o Aotea Staff and Students featuring a variety of artworks on the theme of Regeneration, Rebirth and Change
- Driftwood Taonga Mobiles - Thursday 6 July, 10.30am
- Puanga fun with Michaela - Wednesday 12 July, 10.30am
- Driftwood Taonga Mobiles - Thursday 6 July, 2.00pm
- Puanga fun with Michaela - Wednesday 12 July, 2.00pm
- Creating a woven star - Tuesday 4 July, 10.30am
- Remembering important people - Thursday 6 July, 10.30am
- Puanga fun with Michaela - Tuesday 11 July, 10.30am
- Building a photo frame for loved ones - Thursday 13 July, 10.30am
- Puanga Dream Mobiles - Tuesday 4 July, 2pm
- Art with Natural Taonga - Tuesday 11 July, 2pm
- Puanga Dream Mobiles - Wednesday 5 July, 10am
- Art with Natural Taonga - Wednesday 12 July, 10am
- Te Iwa o Matariki | The Nine Stars of Matariki - Wednesday 5 July, 10.30am
- The Promise of Puanga - Wednesday 12 July, 10.30am
- Te Iwa o Matariki | The Nine Stars of Matariki - Wednesday 5 July, 2pm
- The Promise of Puanga - Wednesday 12 July, 2pm
Puanga - Arty Adventure
School Holiday Programme with Michaela Stoneman
Puanga - Manu Tukutuku/Manu Aute
Celebrate Puanga by creating your own paper Māori kite,
using natural harakeke papers and pigment paints.
Designs will be based on manu aute patterns by Aotearoa artist Nikau Hindin (Ngai Tūpoto, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi).
Best suited for tamariki aged 8 years and older. Parents welcome too!
Hāwera LibraryPlus - Tuesday 11 July 10.30am -11.30am
Eltham LibraryPlus - Wednesday 12 July 10.30am – 11.30am
Kaponga LibraryPlus - Wednesday 12 July 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Hāwera Water Tower
Wednesday 12 July, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
It doesn't happen often - so come along and make the most of it!
Bring the family or some friends, and enjoy the best view of South Taranaki at night.
We have our fingers crossed that Mt Taranaki and Puanga will play ball and be visible that night to make it extra special.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Bring along a torch.
Adults - $2.50, Child - $1 and $6 for a family.
Bizlink Hāwera Winter Festival
Thursday 13 July,2023, 5pm - 8.30pm
Any updates to the event, will be posted on their Facebook page.
Hāwera Astronomical Society - Puanga | Matariki
Friday 14 July from 6am
The Hawera Astronomical Society is hosting their annual Matariki
| Puanga Celebration on Friday 14 July at 6:00am at the Observatory.
It will be an opportunity to view Matariki | Puanga before dawn.
Please be at the observatory at 6:00am sharp and dress warmly.
Any updates to the event, will be posted here on their Facebook page.
Matariki Community Day
Friday 14 July 2023, 10am - 1.00pm at TSB Hub
Ngāti Ruanui will be holding their annual Matariki Community Day at TSB Hub. Any updates to the event, will be posted here on their Facebook page.