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What's happening this Matariki at Westfield Albany

Celebrating Matariki – 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.

2022 is the first time that Matariki has been recognised as a public holiday in New Zealand, so it's expected to be bigger and 'brighter' than ever this year. Find out the Matariki long weekend trading hours here >

It is a time of renewal and celebration in New Zealand that begins with the rising of the Matariki star cluster. 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.

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

Discover what’s on for Matariki

Matariki Light Display

Tuesday, 21 June - Sunday, 3 July
In honour Matariki we are lighting up the Plaza with a beautiful light installation. Join us in celebrating a new dawn on the horizon and explore our Matariki exhibition to discover the 9 star cluster and their meanings.

Kapa Haka Performance by Te Āka Pūkaea & Poi interaction

Saturday 2 July, 12pm and 12.30pm at Centre Court
In celebration of Matariki we have partnered with the The Auckland Council Matariki Festival to bring Te Taumata group to perform Kapa haka to celebrate Matariki.

Learn something new this Matariki to celebrate the Maori New Year >

If you're looking to host Matariki at your home, look no further! We have you covered for all of your host and homeware needs >

Explore our lunch or dinner favourites to celebrate with friends and whanau >

Bring the whānau together and find some recipe inspiration for family entertaining >

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