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Matariki Festival, Te Huihui-o-Matariki 2022

Friday 24th June 2022

Nelson City Council is hosting the Matariki Festival, Te Huihui-o-Matariki 2022 in collaboration with Te Tauihu o Te Waka-a-Maui Māori Culture Council and Te Tauihu Māori Business Network/Toiere.

The event will commence at 5.00pm with a Mākete Pō (night market) and waka ama (outrigger canoes) along the Maitai River, Rutherford Park. There will be a variety of stalls on site offering a diverse range of food and refreshments, as well as Māori arts and crafts for sale.

*There will be no access to cash withdrawals on site and limited access for eftpos transactions, please bring cash.

This year’s entertainment will feature local kapa haka, Pasifika groups and a performance by special guest Ria Hall (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui).

There will be various light art displays at Rutherford Park after dusk and the evening will conclude with a firework display at 8pm. The fireworks can be viewed from the surrounding area. Please ensure that you take care on the roads and when parking your vehicle.

Family Friendly Featured Free Alcohol Free


June 24


Mākete Pō (night market) opens at 5.00pm Entertainment in Trafalgar Centre opens at 5.30pm


Nelson & suburbs


Trafalgar Centre
Paru Paru Rd,

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Koha/gold coin entry


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