Come celebrate Matariki 2022 at the Victory Community Centre!

Thursday 23rd June 3:10pm - 7pm

To get involved, contact us

Our Matariki celebration returns! We are so looking forward to it! We'll have school and community performances, hot soup, a Hāngi (vegetarian option available) a Lantern Hīkoi along the Railway Reserve, Fire Poi, African drumming and more! Our annual celebration of the Māori New Year.

Please bring your lantern or torch & wrap up warm. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We ask that people stay at home if they are feeling unwell.

The success of this event is only possible because of the help and enthusiasm of local people so if you would like to be involved, to volunteer, donate or sponsor the event please do get in touch. Give us a call on 03 546 8389 or email

Here is a link to the FB event:

Approximate timeline: 

Please note: This timeline is based on our 2021 Matariki Event and is subject to change. We are still in the process of finalising the event.

3:10pm - Free soup for tamariki and whānau
3:50pm - 4:30pm VPS School Performances 

4:30pm - 5:25pm Community Performances. Ngā mihi to NCG Kapahaka Pikimai, VCC Marimba, Kapahaka - Ngā mana kakano, Tamatoa Randall & Wāhine Mā. *

5:25pm - 6:20pm Hāngi to be served. ** Entertainment from the Fire Poi, African Drumming and Storytelling crews.

** Please note - The Hāngi is $5 per serving. CASH ONLY tickets will be available to purchase on the day. This year the Hangi will be individually packed.

From 4:30pm - 6:30pm under one of the trees on the feild, Neighbourhood support and Multicultural Youth Nelson Tasman will be running Community Resolutions.

The route for the Hīkoi is altered this year, we will head south along Vanguard St from Victory Primary School then up on to the Railway Reserve. We will then head north back to the Community Centre. Stewards and First Aiders will be at several points along the route as well as accompanying us during the hikoi.

The VCC carpark will be closed to traffic from 1:30pm - 8pm.

Thanks to the amazing people and organisations who are helping to make this year's event happen...

Tony Payn
Karolina Gorton
Lara Hania
Matt Lawrey

Victory Primary School
Community Artworks
Community Organisation Grant Scheme
Event Audio
Light Nelson Collective
Nelson City Council
Nelson Environment Centre
Nelson Food Distributors
Nelson Volunteer Fire Brigade
New World Nelson
Simplicity Funerals
Sport Tasman
Victory Community Church
Waimarama Community Organic Garden
Whakatu Rotary


Ngā mata o te ariki Tāwhirimatea - Matariki

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades or the Seven Sisters, in the Taurus constellation. Matariki is a shortened version of Ngā mata o te ariki o Tāwhirimātea, or 'the eyes of the god Tāwhirimātea

According to myth, the children of Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, the earth mother, separated their parents. The god of the winds, Tāwhirimātea, was so angry that he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens.