Herald on Sunday
A snapshot of what’s happening for Feast Matariki at six key sites around the country
AUCKLAND: Tohunga TūmauPuanga Matariki Dinner
In Auckland on July 1, top New Zealand chefs Peter Gordon, Joe McLeod, Anne Thorp, Rex Morgan, Rewi Spraggon, Kārena and Kasey Bird, Grant Kitchen and Nancy Pirini will serve a six-course feast, Tohunga Tūmau, and showcase Kiwi manaatikanga (hospitality) to mark Puanga Matariki at Shed 10, Queens Wharf.
WAIKATO: Tino Reka Te Kai Matariki Dish Challenge 2021
Head to the Waikato from June 12 to July 12 as local restaurant and cafe chefs create Matariki dishes from Waikato produce for the Tino Reka Te Kai Matariki Dish Challenge 2021.
TARANAKI: Parihaka Puanga Kai Rau Festival
Visit Parihaka Pā in Taranaki on June 12 for the Parihaka Puanga Kai Rau Festival, featuring karakia, waiata, as well as gardening and shared kai events. Visitors are welcome to contribute to the shared kai at midday. This is a free family event.
WELLINGTON: Modern Matariki Hāngī with Joe McLeod
In Wellington’s Begonia House, at
the Wellington Botanic Gardens, join local chef Joe McLeod for his Modern Matariki Hāngī event. Held on July 9, the two-hour event starts at midday.
CHRISTCHURCH: Know the Whakapapa of Your Kai
At Gatherings Restaurant in Christchurch, chefs Josh Hunter, Craig Martin, Mitch Teirney and Finbar McCarthy are hosting the Know the Whakapapa of Your Kai event on June 25 and 26. The event gives diners the opportunity to eat and learn about the foods traditionally associated with Matariki.
AORAKI MACKENZIE: Matariki 9-Course Degustation Dinner
In Aoraki Mackenzie country, Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat is hosting Matariki 9-Course Stellar Degustation Dinner on July 3, designed to reflect the nine stars of Matariki. Diners will be welcome to head outside to view Matariki, Puanga and Tautoru in the internationally accredited dark skies of Aoraki Mackenzie.
MATARIKI AS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY
Next year, Matariki becomes a public holiday on Friday, June 24. As a public holiday, the date of Matariki will change from year to year, falling on a Friday or Monday sometime in June or July. The new holiday will break up the fourmonth period between the existing holidays, Queen’s Birthday in June and Labour Day in October.