Skip to content

What's happening this Matariki at Westfield Riccarton

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 Forest Experience.

20 June - 26 June
Learn all about the history and significance of Matariki as you transport yourself to a night-time New Zealand forest. The forest is complete with native bush and the heavenly singing of native birds and other forest sounds.
Find the Matariki Forest Experience in the Level 2 Café Court, opposite HOYTS Cinema.

Student Matariki Art Exhibition

20 June - 26 June
The lovely students of Kirkwood Intermediate and Wharenui Primary School have created amazing art pieces to celebrate Matariki. Check out these incredible creations on Level 2, outside SONY.

Kirkwood Intermediate Kapa Haka

22 June, 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Join us for our annual traditional Māori performances from Kirkwood Intermediate Kapa Haka. The Kirkwood Intermediate Kapa Haka will be perfoming on Level 2, outside SONY.

Matariki Monty Morning

28 June, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Monty the monkey is celebrating Matariki with free chocolates and facepainting! Parents can grab a free coffee and hang out with other like-minded grownups, while Monty the Monkey entertains the under fives with fun colouring and LEGO® DUPLO®.
Click HERE for more info >

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 >

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

Discover what else is happening >

We're here to help