Matariki rises in mid-winter, bringing with it the dawn of the Māori New Year. Literally translated as the 'eyes of god' (mata ariki) or 'little eyes' (mata riki), traditionally the brighter the star cluster, the more plentiful the coming season's harvest.
In recent years Matariki has been more widely celebrated, with more on offer as each year passes. The Matariki Festival is the perfect mid-winter festival to light up the city — throw off those blankets and go and explore the vast array of events on offer.
Everyone loves a good film festival and a short film festival is great for all of you film lovers with a short attention span. Featuring Ūkaipō Whenua by Kararaina Rangihau, God King and Country by Kiri Barber and Spectacular Imagination of the Pōhara Brothers by Todd Karehana among the lineup.
Pack yourself an early picnic dinner, Nathan Homestead has a lush garden and green space to chill out before the screening. Curated by the director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, Leo Koziol.