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Ahi Kā — Matariki ki Pōneke 

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Come down to Odlin's Plaza and the Whairepo Lagoon on Wellington's waterfront to experience our new event, Ahi Kā. Celebrate and learn about the Māori New Year with fire, food, friends and whānau. See some of the nation's finest Māori performers and storytellers, and experience a beautiful light parade featuring creative talent from local schools.

Hangi, toasted marshmallows, fire on the water, and a midwinter bonfire – there's something for everyone at this family-friendly event. 

Don’t miss the Nga Wai Pīata (Streams of Light) opening procession featuring children from seven regional schools, bearing hand-made light sculptures of creatures from the land and sea.

Join the poi workshops where you can learn how to make and use poi, toast marshmallows with the tamariki around the fires, and be captivated by storytelling and beautiful waiata near the symbolic Ahi Kā bonfire sculpture.   Hear our people tell their stories, and take some time to rest and reflect.

Whairepo lagoon will be transformed into a fiery reflection of the Seven Sisters Matariki constellation, known to astronomers as Pleiades.

Postponement date: Saturday 30 June, 6pm–10pm


Learn more about Matariki ki Pōneke on the Wellington City Council website


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