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.
Shona Tawhiao is an internationally acclaimed Māori artist and weaver, you may have even seen her designs on the big screen.
A photographic exhibition of her work will be on display at the Takapuna and Waitakere Libraries during the festival, telling a story of innovation and empowerment. This is high-fashion weaving at its finest.
Be sure not to miss the fashion showcase at the Takapuna Library on June 10 from 6-8pm and if you've got a craving for some hangi, you won't be disappointed. Free entry but be sure to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.