In photos: Nation shines with first Matariki holiday celebrations


Matariki is the start of the Māori New Year Matariki – a time for celebration, remembrance, growth and renewal.


Photo: RNZ/ Asia King

Official celebrations took place across New Zealand today as the nation marked the first public holiday for Matariki.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and other dignitaries attended a ceremony in Wellington.

Ardern said she had been moved several times by people’s reaction to making Matariki a public holiday, which she called a historic milestone.

At Te Papa, the hautapu ceremony was led by Sir Pou Temara, who said New Zealanders people would look back and say we came of age today.

Here is a snapshot of some of the events and scenes today.

Red sky at dawn for Matariki in Wellington


Photo: RNZ / Shannon Haunui-Thompson

More than 1000 people gathered at Takaparawhau this morning to observe Matariki and welcome the New Year.

More than 1000 people gathered at Takaparawhau this morning to observe Matariki and welcome the New Year.
Photo: RNZ / Liam Brown

Matariki hautapu ceremony in Wellington.


Photo: RNZ/ Liam Brown

Matariki hautapu ceremony in Wellington.


Photo: RNZ/ Asia King

Minister of Māori Crown Relations (Te Arawhiti) Kelvin Davis, Professor Rangi Mātāmua and Justice Minister Kiri Allan at Te Papa.


Photo: RNZ / Liam Brown

Dr Rangi Matamua greets PM Jacinda Ardern at hautapu for Matariki at Te Papa


Photo: RNZ screenshot

Matariki celebrations over the harbour.

Matariki celebrations over the harbour.
Photo: Asia King/RNZ

The team at RNZ celebrate Matariki in the studio.

The team at RNZ celebrate Matariki in the studio.
Photo: RNZ

Scotty Morrison offers a karakia in the Hautapu Ceremony.

Scotty Morrison offers a karakia in the Hautapu Ceremony.
Photo: Erica Sinclair Photography

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Rangi Matamua look to the stars.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Rangi Matamua look to the stars.
Photo: ERICA SINCLAIR

Tohunga Paraone Gloyne looks to the stars during the hautapu ceremony.

Tohunga Paraone Gloyne looks to the stars during the hautapu ceremony.
Photo: ERICA SINCLAIR



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