Te Toki's Month of Matariki

As we look up to the winter night sky, we turn to Matariki and Pūanga rising in the east. This is a time to reflect on the year gone by, and for us to prepare and look forward to new beginnings in the coming year. As Matariki appears above the horizon, we also take the opportunity to honour and acknowledge our loved ones who have past on. With whānau coming together celebrating in ceremony, the sharing of kai, kōrero and entertainment.

Join us in an exciting few weeks full of events during this important time of Matariki!

Te Toki's Events

Kāwhia Community Harbour Sail

When: Wed 6th July -
More sailing dates yet to come!

Where: Kāwhia, Waikato

Celebrate Matariki on Haunui waka cruising Kāwhia Moana!

We'll have a rotation of waka sails on the harbour, then a bit of friendly competition hoisting sails and commanding a small crew on our Ngā Papa Rā (Land Rig) followed by gathering around our Kāpehu Whetū (Star Compass) learning basic navigation directional concepts both contemporary and ancestral.

Tickets are released one week in advance for each booking.

Click on the link below to secure yourself a free ticket!


* Sails may be cancelled 24hrs prior to booking due to unfavourable weather conditions. If this occurs, Haunui waka will dock on Kāwhia Wharf for viewing instead.

Kāwhia Community Education Programmes

Thurs 16 June & Thurs 7th July

2pm - 4pm - sessions every half hour

Suitable for:
Open to public - walk-ins are welcome

Kawhia, Waikato

Two days packed with fun educational activities!

Come along to an afternoon learning about Matariki and the night sky in our Whare Whetū (Star Dome).

Gather around Te Kāpehu Whetū (Star Compass), a tool used for traditional navigaion. Learning through games, waiata and stories teaching the basic directional concepts, both contemporary and ancestral.

We'll also have our Ngā Papa Rā (Land Rig) a smaller scale replica of our waka sail rigging where you can come and hoist some sails with the crew!

Open to the public.

Panel Discussion

When: Sat 18 June

Kāwhia, Waikato

Join us for an evening with Rereata Makiha, Wayne Ngata and Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr in Kāwhia to celebrate the Māori New Year.
Julian Wilcox hosts a panel discussion in Kāwhia where these recognised leaders will come together to share about their experiences and talk about Matariki, Puanga, and the Māori New Year.

Be quick to grab a free ticket through the link below, as we have a capacity limit!


Didn't get a ticket?

Join our online Live Event at
5.30pm Saturday 18th of June 2022 accessible via the Te Toki Voyaging Trust Facebook page.

Whāingaroa (Raglan) Community Education Programmes

When: Wed 22nd, Thurs 23rd, Mon 27th, Tue 28th June

Wed 22nd June 5pm - 7pm
All other dates 3.30pm - 5pm
Sessions every half hour

Raglan Area School Gym
42 Norrie Avenue, Raglan, Waikato

Suitable for:
Open to public - walk-ins are welcome

Come along to an afternoon learning about Matariki and the night sky in our Whare Whetū (Star Dome).

Learn the ropes, and hoist the sails on our Ngā Papa Rā (Land Rig). A fun, hands-on activity for you and your whānau!

And share the space around our Kāpehu Whetū. A whāriki made out of an old Haunui sail. Where our crew will guide you through basic directional concepts of traditional navigation through kōrero kēmu and waiata!

Matariki Waka Ama Race

Sat 9th July,
Race times TBC

Maketū Marae, Kāwhia Boat Ramp

Join us for a day of waka ama races on Kāwhia Moana to celebrate this important time of Matariki.

W6 - 10km - Junior (J16 & J19), Novice (Men, Women, Mixed)

W6 - 20km - Open, Master

(Men, Women, Mixed)

Register your team through the Waka Ama New Zealand's entry system.

Click on the link below for more details!



Community Events

As you may know, for the first time Aotearoa will be celebrating Matariki as an official public holiday. To honour this Te Toki wanted to provide the community an opportunity to join us in celebrating this auspicious occasion.

Have a look at the events schedule below.

Hope to see you there whānau!


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