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Matariki is a star cluster in the sky and its arrival has a wonderful meaning; it is a time to spend with whānau (family) and friends, to reflect on the past year, and to look forward to new beginnings ahead. It is a time of remembrance, joy, and peace.

To celebrate Matariki this year, we are hosting two fantastic events for caregivers and whānau in Napier and Rotorua. Check out the registration details below.

Keep scrolling for some highlights from our Matariki celebrations in 2023.


Sports and craft Day, with Hāngī feast

On Sunday 23 June 2024, we are teaming up with VOYCE Whakarongo Mai to host a fun whānau day packed full of activities for you and the tamariki in your care.

There will be a range of craft stations, including DIY mini gardens, make your own friendship bracelets, origami and decorating tote bags.

The kids (young and old!) will have a good run-around too – there will be running races, mini football matches, sack races, egg and spoon races, tug of war and a three-legged race. You can either choose to take part, or kick back and relax with other caregivers while the children have a blast!

We’ll provide an amazing hāngī feast and treat you to an icecream.

Come along, help us celebrate the season and meet other caregivers in your community. Click below to register, and we’ll be in touch!


Matariki Celebration and Waka Experience

Join us for a rich cultural experience on Saturday 6 July 2024 to celebrate Matariki, including some time out on the water paddling in an authentic Maori Waka!

In partnership with VOYCE Whakarongo Mai, we are thrilled to offer you a memorable day to acknowledge and celebrate our caregiving whānau.

Splitting into two groups, you will switch between Matariki activities and workshops, tailored for both children and caregivers, and a chance to experience traditional Maori culture and history in the unique setting of a Waka. At midday we will all come together to share a delicious hāngī.

We hope you will come away from this special event with a deeper understanding of Matariki and whanaungatanga (kinship, sense of family connection). Let us show our appreciation of your important role as caregivers. Click below to save your space!

Matariki 2023

For Matariki 2023, we held several events around the country, and our Regional Team really enjoyed getting out there and meeting new caregivers, and whānau, and reconnecting again.

Some of the highlights included harakeke (flax) weaving and a trip to the hot pools in Canterbury, a delicious hāngī and basketball games in Napier, and some wonderful creativity when tamariki designed their own wakahuia (treasure boxes) at Te Papa Museum in Wellington.

Take a look at some of the photos from these events below!


































“As a caregiver who had never attended the Matariki Tūhono event before, I must say that it was a truly remarkable and eye-opening experience. The event provided a profound opportunity to learn about and immerse myself in Māori culture and traditions. The organisers did an exceptional job of creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere, making me feel included and valued as part of the community. I was particularly impressed with the emphasis on upholding the mana of tamariki and the focus on family connections. It was heartwarming to witness the deep-rooted sense of whānau and the care provided to children in a healing environment.”


A beautiful hāngī lunch was prepared for caregivers and tamariki in Napier. Watch the making of the hāngī here!
















“Thank you for all your mahi and awhi…we all had a mīharo time especially making our whaka huia and matariki mobiles.”