What's on in Selwyn during Matariki

There are a variety of events on in Selwyn from 18 June to 3 July, take a look and book your spot!

About Matariki

Ko Matariki kei runga, ko te tohu tēnā o te tau!

Matariki signals the Māori New Year and is considered a time of celebration and renewal. Matariki begins with the rising of the Matariki star cluster which appears mid-winter.

Customarily, Matariki was celebrated by the lighting of ceremonial fires, gifts and offerings, and celebrations to farewell the dead, honour ancestors, and to celebrate the coming year. The Matariki star cluster was also used to find out how abundant the upcoming year’s harvest would be. Bright, clear stars promised a warm and successful season. However, hazy stars warned of cold weather and poor crops.


Waitī is connected with all freshwater bodies and the food sources sustained by those waters. Waitī watches over freshwater environments such as awa (rivers), roto (lakes), kūkūwai (wetlands), and waipuna (springs).

Source 100% Pure New Zealand. newzealand.com/nz/matariki