Aotearoa invited to join RNZ for Matariki

RNZ is set to celebrate Matariki on June 24 with a wide range of programs across radio and digital services and the official Manawatia to Matariki celebrations streamed live on

Julian Wilcox and Māni Dunlop will host coverage of the celebrations taking place at Te Papa.
Photo: RNZ / Jayne Joyce

Tumu Māori Shannon Haunui-Thompson from RNZ says the Matariki programming will be dynamic and exciting and a wonderful way for the people of Aotearoa to learn and engage with Matariki.

“This lineup is a fitting way to honor one of the most important days of te ao Māori and the first Matariki holiday – a day of reflection, celebration and looking to the future,” he said. she stated.

Matariki Programming Highlights

National RNZ

  • 6am Matariki – Manawatia: Julian Wilcox and Māni Dunlop live from the celebrations at Te Papa. The show will include coverage of the official ceremony, as well as live music and korero.
  • 11 a.m. He Korokoro Tui: Justine Murray presents a selection of her favorite waiata.
  • 12 p.m. Matariki Music Special: Kara Rickard and Mark Williams (aka MC Slave) host a five-hour music special with live recordings and interviews around Matariki themes.
  • 6:15 p.m. Te Ahi Kaa: Justine Murray is with Maori astronomer Professor Rangi Mataamua at his home, where he talks about his foray into all things Matariki and the popular web series Living by the stars.
  • 8 p.m. Troy Kingi in session: A selection of multi-award winning musician Troy Kingi’s live sessions recorded at RNZ.
  • 9 p.m. Country life: A special Matariki edition.
  • Dr Rangi Mataamua, Maori astronomer, author and winner of the top prize for communication at this year's Prime Ministers Science Awards.

    Professor Rangi Mataamua will share some of his insights as part of RNZ’s coverage of the country’s first public holiday to celebrate Matariki.
    Photo: RNZ/Justine Murray

    RNZ concert

    Throughout the day, RNZ Concert will share music reflecting the attributes of each of Matariki’s stars, culminating in listener requests in honor of Hiwa-i-te-rangi – the wishing star between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. .

    RNZ Concert will also celebrate 50 years of the world’s largest Kapa Haka festival, Te Matatini, with three special programs of Te Matatini recordings presented by Julian Wilcox and Te Matatini 50 music director Rob Ruha, airing at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday of the Matariki weekend. .

    Starting at 8 p.m., RNZ Concert’s award-winning recording of Nga Hihi or Matariki by Gareth Farr and Ariana Tikao will be performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, followed by the first broadcast of Ad Parnassum – Purapurawhetu by Dame Gillian Whitehead performed by the NZ String Quartet and Al Fraser (taonga puoro).


    RNZ’s Rangitahi platform, TAHI, will celebrate Matariki with a te reo Māori song topping every hour on the music stream and a special Matariki playlist celebrating future local music stars.

    RNZ website

    The official Celebrate Matariki The program will be broadcast live on from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the website will also feature a live blog from 5.30 a.m.

    Celebrate Matariki will mark the country’s first public holiday centered on Maori culture. The festivities will be hosted by Stacey Morrison and Mātai Smith beginning at dawn with a traditional Hautapu ceremony.

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    Stacey Morisson
    Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

    Following the hautapu ceremony and an address by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, there will be commentaries and panel discussions based on Matariki’s three themes:

    • An opportunity to reflect: to remember those we have lost and to acknowledge our own journey over the past year.
    • A time to celebrate: reconnecting with whānau, friends and food
    • A reset: prepare for the coming year by emphasizing well-being and life balance.

    Music will also play an important role with three acoustic sets featuring live performances from top and emerging artists.