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.
Westfield Newmarket has the privilege of showcasing the captivating work of Maori Astrophotographer Richie Toa Mills in celebration of Matariki. We've transformed our Atrium into an immersive space where you can experience the night sky like never before, and learn about Matariki from Richie's lens.
Find our Atrium located at the top of the escalators as you enter Rooftop on Broadway, our star-studded dining and entertainment precinct.
Explore the best of Matariki below: