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What's happening this Matariki at Westfield Albany

Mānawatia a Matariki Te tau hou Māori

Celebrating the Māori New Year

Matariki signals the Māori New Year. It is a time of renewal and cues the rising of the Matariki star cluster (the Pleiades or Eight Sisters). Matariki is the star that signifies reflection, hope, our connection to the environment, and the gathering of people.

According to the Maramataka (the Māori lunar calendar), the reappearance of Matariki brings the old lunar year to a close and marks the beginning of the new year. Hence, Matariki is associated with the Māori New Year.

The theme for 2024 is Matariki heri kai and comes from the Māori proverb ‘Matariki whetū heri kai’ meaning ‘Matariki, the bringer of food’. Find out where to shop and dine to celebrate with friends & whānau (family) here >

Learn more about the artist behind our Matariki creative in-centre, Tristan Marler (aka Manawa Tapu) here >

Matariki is a time to gather with family and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future.

Click here for the Matariki long weekend trading hours >


Discover what’s on for Matariki

Matariki Installation | Monday 24 - Sunday 30 June | The Plaza

Discover our installation that represents the nine stars of Matariki with mirror globes symbolising the starry night sky and the stones of the Umu Hāngī Pit. Enjoy a kai with friends and family in our surrounding dining precinct >

Kapa Haka Performance | Thursday 27 June 6pm | The Plaza

Immerse yourself in the expression of cultural identity through a Kapa Haka performance by the local Northcross Intermediate.

Gather your friends and family to celebrate Matariki. Feast on food and bring prosperity and good fortune into the year ahead. Discover the best places to dine this Matariki with your family here >


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